Disney Reportedly Moving Forward With ‘The X-Files’ Reboot From ‘Black Panther’ Director

It seems the truth is still out there, with more paranormal mysteries waiting to be explored. Following its recent lacklustre revival, The X-Files is reportedly set to make another comeback in the form of a reboot.

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According to Bloomberg, a new version of the popular sci-fi series is currently being developed at Disney, with Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler serving as producer. No information was shared about the plot, and it’s unclear whether this new project will be a complete reimagining or if it will connect to the existing show.

The news comes after original X-Files creator Chris Carter teased the potential reboot, accidentally letting it slip on the On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko podcast. “I just spoke to a young man, Ryan Coogler, who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast,” he said. “So he’s got his work cut out for him, because we covered so much territory.”

While the lack of updates since has cast doubt on the X-Files reboot, the Bloomberg report suggests that it’s still moving forward at Disney.

The original drama 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.

“It just feels like such an old idea. I’ve done it, I did it for so many years, and it also ended on such an unfortunate note,” Anderson said, when asked if she would reprise her role for a new season after the recent 2016 revival. “In order to even begin to have that conversation [about another season] there would need to be a whole new set of writers and the baton would need to be handed on for it to feel like it was new and progressive. So yeah, it’s very much in the past.”

In 2020, an animated comedy spin-off for the series was reported to be in the works, only to fizzle out before making it to production. 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.