It might be a little difficult to remember at this point, but there was a time when "The X-Files" was a huge cultural phenomenon. The show was so big that the guys behind it even gambled with the ending because they assumed the franchise would live on with feature films. Things didn't exactly go according to that plan, but at least one of the show's masterminds, Frank Spotnitz, would still like to see the series get some closure.
In a recent interview, Spotnitz re-iterated his desire to do a third film and called Fox's reluctance to produce one and finish the series a "cultural crime." Despite the somewhat dramatic choice of words, Spotnitz is keenly aware as to why Fox would be so hesitant, as the second film didn't perform well enough at the box-office to warrant a second sequel to finish the deal.
Spotnitz cites that film's small-scale "story-of-the-week" storyline and its release during the "height of the summer" (it bowed in theaters about ten days after "The Dark Knight") as reasons for its failure at the box office, which is fair. It seems as though the film was made mostly to just reintroduce Mulder and Scully to audiences who either didn't know them or had forgotten about them since the show had been off the air for six years.
The approach didn't pay off, and the series looks unlikely to be concluded despite the desire of Spotnitz, series creator Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson, all of whom have insisted they would like another crack at a film.
Of course, the only problem there is that the series finale laid out the franchise's endgame: during the climax, the impossible-to-kill Cigarette Smoking Man reveled that aliens would come to colonize earth in December of 2012. Given the general hysteria surrounding 2012, a third film following up on this would have been a no-brainer had "I Want to Believe" made any sort of cultural impact.
As such, the shelf-date on "The X-Files" is probably about to expire, but Spotnitz is still urging fans to show their support by writing Fox. While you're at it, he wouldn't mind if you mentioned your desire for a "Millennium" film as well, though he's a little bit more realistic about that spin-off receiving its own feature film, calling it a "harder case" since it was much more of a cult and critical darling.
I want to believe that Fox might some day kick the tires on this franchise, but it's looks like everyone involved should have just written a proper finale when they were given two chances to do so.
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