MEDIA: So when can we expect a second X-Files movie?
DAVID: Well, there's no script, but Chris tells me it's like early next year. You know, the guy wrote a 150 of them. He could have a script by the end of the day. So the fact that there's no script or treatment is not "dissuasive," to use an X-Files word. I would imagine since the three major parties are willing--Chris, myself, and Gillian--it will happen. And I would imagine it would happen early next year. It's just a matter of everybody getting their needs met, I guess.
Do you think there is any one story that could possibly answer all the questions X-Files fans have been pondering since the show's demise?
No. That's why it's a franchise. [laughs] That's why you gotta make three or four of them before we all get too laughable old to do those roles.
Did you ever expect the show to achieve the level of success that it did?
No, but after the third year, I expected nothing less. You know, it was just reality after a while. What I take away from that show more than the popularity and the influences is the sheer quality of the show--when I hold it up against any other television show in the history of television. And just the production values, the storytelling, the frame that can hold comedy to thriller to horror...There's just no other show like it, and I don't see another show coming along, because they're making TV cheaper and cheaper, and X-Files got more expensive and more expensive. And with the current taste for what I call "unscripted shows"--I don't call them reality because I don't think they have anything to do with that, but they are unscripted, apparently--they're cheap.
Should Robert Patrick's character, Agent Doggett, be featured in the new movie?
That's not up to me. I mean, if that's part of the story, for sure. Doggett's an interesting character within the X-Files universe. But it's always the story that mandates the characters' involvement in The X-Files. Whose issue is being provoked by this case? Whether it's Scully's religiosity or Mulder's sister...you know, that kind of thing.