Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Reportedly Eyeing “Diverse” Reboot Of ‘The X-Files’

The truth is, once again, out there, but this time, a fresh cast of characters will be the one to search for it. According to Chris Carter, the original creator of sci-fi drama The X-Files, the series is getting a new “diverse” reboot from Black Panther and Creed director Ryan Coogler.

Ryan Coogler The X-Files Reboot

Speaking on the podcast On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko, the 66-year-old accidentally let the news slip during the segment that celebrated the 30th anniversary of the show. “I just spoke to a young man, Ryan Coogler, who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast,” Carter said. “So he’s got his work cut out for him, because we covered so much territory.”

While TVLine reported that the new X-Files project won’t be aired on Fox, the home of the original series, it’s unclear what form it would take. Needless to say, story details are also being kept under wraps.

The X-Files spanned 11 seasons across two split runs: the original nine from 1993 to 2002, and two additional seasons in 2016 and 2018. It follows FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who investigate marginalised, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena.

In 2020, an animated comedy spin-off for the series was reported to be in the works. Titled The X-Files: Albuquerque, it was to follow an office of misfit agents who pick up cases too absurd for Mulder and Sully to handle, with Carter serving as producer. As of now, however, the project is no longer moving forward at Fox.

Coogler most recently helmed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which hit movie theatres in November 2022. The writer-director served as a producer on Creed III alongside Michael B. Jordan as director, and is set to executive produce Marvel’s Ironheart series.