First announced by series creator Chris Carter last March, now it is again said the new diverse X-Files is moving forward with Disney and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.
We get word from Bloomberg via IGN that Disney, who now owns the property as a result of the purchase of Fox, is eyeing a “new version” of X-Files from Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, thought to be a potential reboot.
While IGN questions, “However, what form that will take remains to be seen,” Chris Carter previously confirmed the new X-Files will feature a diverse cast.
“It’s been 30 years since X-Files began filming in Vancouver,” said Chris Carter when he appeared on CBC’s On the Coast With Gloria Macarenko. “I just spoke to a young man… Ryan Coogler… who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast. So he’s got his work cut out for him, because we covered so much territory.”
In addition to developing the Marvel Black Panther movies, Coogler is also behind the Creed movies with a fourth in the franchise in development starring Michael B. Jordan. Coogler also produced the LeBron James Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Judas and the Black Messiah. His upcoming projects are said to include Wrong Answer and Scenes for Minors and a Black Panther spinoff has been in development for Disney Plus for some time which includes the recently announced Wakanda animated series.
As we previously noted, when X-Files returned with Season 11 in 2018, Gillian Anderson said she was done with the franchise. An episode saw the controversial reveal that Scully’s son is not Mulder’s as it was learned the Smoking Man impregnated Scully via alien-assisted science.
“It’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. It just is,” Anderson previously revealed. “I’m finished and that’s the end of that. I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six [episodes last season], but I was really curious. I felt that the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again … and getting to play these wonderful characters again. I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself that short stack of episodes felt like we were leaning how to walk again and that this season of ten [episodes] feels like the pace is up and we’re running.”
Carter at the time responded to all the complaints: “He’s the figurative father if he’s not the actual father. He didn’t rape Scully. He impregnated her with science.”
X-Files was created in 1993 also starring David Duchovny and ran until 2002 with nine seasons and 202 episodes, a shortened tenth season was released in 2016, and Season 11 in 2018. Two movies have also been released: the 1998 film The X-Files, and the stand-alone film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe in 2008.