Duchovny defends X-Files
David Duchovny has been speaking out about X-Files: I Want to Believe film, defending the move away from the standard X-Files mythology and revealing that, if this was a successful film, they might make a third one that goes back to what the fans know and love.
Well if that doesn't sound like blackmail and excuses to go and see a film I don't know what does. "This isn't what fans want, but if you go see it we might make another that you do want"...and can you see Gillian Anderson coming back for another one?
On his blog he says the following
...as for the movie itself---there is no way we can satisfy all the people all the time. there are just too many fans with too many secret wishes, too many wanting too many things---and that's the good news. without all of you wanting this or that from the show, we wouldn't still have the pleasure of making it for you. but i can say this---i am pleased by the movie as is chris, frank, gillian and everybody who has seen it. it's smart, scary, has a lot of the old mulder scully thing and takes us back into a world that we missed. there won't be some of this and there won't be some of that---but there will be a lot of satisfaction. i really feel that in pleasing ourselves, we will have pleased you.
I think I feel a little bit used and dirty after that last statement...
i think if this movie does well, that will make it possible to do more x files films and those in turn would definitely swing back into the whole mythology area. it's just that this first time out after a long break, we didn't want to alienate, no pun intended, any folks who might feel they had to study up in order to understand what's going on in the movie. i think you get the wisdom of that. more later.
Actually I don't get the wisdom of that at all. Not one bit. I can see the business, cold hard cash sense of the studio trying to market the film to as many audience members as possible, but for X-Files fans, and those who would like to see some form of completion to the entire alien conspiracy theory running through the series and the first film, it doesn't make sense. Market, market, market. Dollar, dollar, dollar.
As for a third film, I really don't see Gillian Anderson coming back for a third film when by all accounts it took so much for her to return to a second, and she's the one that's been getting some strong film work in the background before this. I think she'll be far too happy doing smaller films after X-FIles: I Want to Believe to come back for another. Perhaps we'll see a lead changeover as per the series?