Black Panther Director Plans to Reboot The X-Files With a Diverse Cast

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Some fans might not always be in favor of rebooting their favorite movies or series, as it only has two possible outcomes: it can make the franchise better or break it. Despite their sometimes disapproval, it’s always inevitable for some narratives to be remade or retold for the modern audience, especially if they were popular at some point in the past, like the science fiction drama The X-files. Chris Carter, the creator of the hit sci-fi series, shared in a new interview that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will be remounting the series.

“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," Carter said in On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko via Bloody Disgusting. Coogler is best known for his Black Panther films for Marvel Studios, as well as his work on Creed (2015).

The X-Files is one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history. It follows Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who try to solve unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. The series was a smashing success and was nominated for a total of 62 Emmy Awards, winning 16 of them, but it got cancelled in its ninth season and was only revived for two more seasons after a 14-year hiatus, with 11 seasons and 218 episodes by the time of its ending.

David Duchovny as Fox Mulder
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David Duchovny as Fox Mulder

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The plans to reboot the series have been in the works for a while now, as well as an animated version that recently got canned by Fox. Duchovny previously stated that he has no plans to return for a reboot or sequel if Anderson isn’t there to accompany him. With the recent news of Coogler’s involvement, fans are also hoping that the reboot will include the iconic duo.

Reddit user Tom Birkenstock wrote, “I love Coogler as a director, but I think it has been well established that without Duchovny and Anderson, it's just not the same. I would prefer to see a show that starts by ripping off the X-Files before it develops its own voice, like Fringe. Just make something new that's based on what came before. Hell, that's what the X-Files did.”


The X-Files is available to stream on Hulu.

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