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The X-Files: I Want To Believe - Preview

The X-Files movie

Preview by Jack Foley

AS SEEMS to be the norm nowadays with high-profile American blockbusters, very little is known about the plot of The X-Files: I Want To Believe.

The original X-Files TV series wrapped in 2002 and found David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully on the run as fugitives. It disappointed many fans because of its lack of closure, or failure to satisfactorily wrap up the alien story arc.

Fortunately, the movie WON’T be charting similar territory even though it does find Mulder and Scully working outside the FBI.

Fans are also promised a stand-alone story in the style of some of the show’s classic episodes. Duchovny, in a slightly revealing interview with Empire magazine, says he would liken it to first season favourite Tooms, “which is also in the horror/thriller mode”.

Although some graphic stuff has been filmed, it may not necessarily end up in the final cut because series creator and I Want To Believe director Chris Carter knows how to imply horrible things more than showing them.

What the trailer seems to suggest is that the plot will involve a killer and a missing person. It has Billy Connolly behaving rather oddly as a spiritual missing persons specialist (or something), and fleeting appearances by two new FBI compatriots (played by Amanda Peet and rapper Xzibit).

Fans are also promised plenty of action, including a frantic foot chase involving Mulder (to which Duchovny admits to finding physically exhausting), an explosive car chase in the snow and the return of some series favourite characters.

Security has been almost as tight as that which surrounded the fourth Indiana Jones movie this summer, which suggests Carter has a few neat surprises up his sleeve. But don’t expect the film to be a final way of wrapping things up for Mulder and Scully. Far from it…

If the movie is a hit with audiences, both Duchovny and Anderson would be keen to reprise their roles again for future movie adventures – even though a return to the series format has been firmly ruled out.

And writer Frank Spotnitz has even gone so far as to suggest that the conspiracy plotline could yet be wrapped up in movie form, possibly to coincide with the 2012 alien invasion date dropped during the series.

With so much speculation surrounding the film – and so much secrecy – it’s hardly surprising that reaction to the prospect of a new film is mixed. Die-hard fans are excited as well as apprehensive. But they’ll doubtless turn out in their droves to see it.

And given that serial killers are always a good source of box office revenue, the movie’s stand-alone format could broaden its appeal. We’re hoping that’s the case as we’d certainly look forward to seeing more of Mulder and Scully on the big screen in future years.

The X-Files: I Want To Believe opens in UK cinemas on August 1, 2008 Watch the trailer