David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson said they would be open to the possibility of reprising their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully for a third X-Files movie.

Duchovny and Anderson attended a panel discussion at The Paley Center for Media in New York to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of the series. The X-Files series ran for nine seasons (1993-2002) and inspired two feature films – The X Files (1998) and The X Files: I Want To Believe (2008).

“All the principals are on board… Gillian and I want to do it, so it’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox at this point,” Duchovny told the crowd at The Paley Center.

Duchovny also noted that series creator Chris Carter, who has been involved in all the films, was also on board for a third film. Anderson added that fans should make it known to the studio if they want to see another film.

“If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested in that then I guess that’s what it would be,” she said.

Anderson and Duchovny have been celebrating the twentieth anniversary all year, with a panel at San Diego Comic Con in July and one at New York Comic Con this past weekend, where the actors, again, gave fans hope for a third film.

“We would love to,” Duchovny said at NY Comic Con when asked if there would be a third X Files film.

At San Diego Comic Con, Carter did not comment as to whether or not The X Files was still relevant today.

“The suspicion and conspiracy theories are so much more rampant today. You could do the show now. You couldn’t really do the show in 2002 because people trusted the government – or wanted to. We went through a period there where The X-Files was not relevant,” Carter said.

Carter may have dodged the question at Comic Con, but he admitted he already has an idea for a third film in an August interview.

“It’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox, whether they have the will to do it. I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonization date has passed [December 22, 2012] and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology,” Carter told Empire.

In a AMA (‘Ask Me Anything’) on Reddit, Duchovny told fans that Carter claims to be working on a script, and made another call for fans to campaign the studio to give the green light on the third X Files film.

“I think Chris is working on a script. Chris is shooting a pilot right now, so he might not be working on a script, but he claims to be working on a script, and if he does do that and Fox wants to make it… Gillian will do it, I will do it, so start your writing campaign now. Seriously. We’d all love to do it. The ball is in Fox’s hands. And not Fox Mulder, Fox the studio,” Duchovny wrote.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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