About The Story
The story for THE X-FILES feature film was conceived during the 1996 Christmas holiday when Chris Carter and frequent writing partner Frank Spotnitz convened in a hotel room in Hawaii
The story for THE XFILES feature film was conceived during
the 1996 Christmas holiday when Chris Carter and frequent writing
partner Frank Spotnitz convened in a hotel room in Hawaii. There,
over eight long days, they conceived the story. They endeavored
to write a story revolving around the show's ongoing story line
(the "mythology") that would excite and please the show's
avid core fans and also appeal to a whole new audience unfamiliar
with the series.
"I always knew the movie would be along the lines of the
government conspiracy, which is really the heart and soul of the
series," says Carter.
While conceiving the series, Carter designed a blueprint for the
characters of Mulder and Scully, their personal beliefs, and where
their paths would ultimately lead. "From the very beginning,
Mulder's search for his sister has formed all his actions,"
he explains. "He also holds the belief that the government
is conspiring to keep the truth about extra-terrestrials from
us. Those two things are wedded together because he believes his
sister was abducted by these same extra-terrestrials. Scully has
also lost a family member during their search for the 'truth,'
so it's become very personal for both of them.
"There are also issues for Scully of life pursuits
particularly her doubts about hitching her wagon to Mulder's dimming
star," Carter continues. "In the movie, she is seen
as being in some great disfavor with the FBI. And Mulder, too,
is possibly reassessing his quest."
For five years, David Duchovny has portrayed the wry FBI agent
Fox William Mulder (nicknamed "Spooky"), earning him
accolades from his peers and fans from around the world. When
he began the series, Duchovny never imagined it would become the
international hit that it has indeed become. "I really didn't
foresee it stretching out the way it eventually did," he
says. "I thought it was just going to be about UFOs and aliens,
which I thought was an exhaustible subject matter."
However, as the series has evolved so has Mulder and his inner
conflicts. Duchovny says, "The most important thing for me
about Mulder was that he didn't care what anybody else thought
about what he was doing. So he has a real strength a 'screw
you' strength. Even though Mulder is right about his beliefs ninety
percent of the time, it's easy for the audience to lose sight
of the fact that at his core he's also kind of a loser, a very
odd guy who's made a really odd choice with his life. And I like
to keep that idea alive."
Gillian Anderson has won numerous honors for her breakthrough
role as the passionate, ferociously intelligent, medicallytrained
FBI agent, Dana Scully. "The relationship between these two
characters is wonderful," enthuses Anderson. "You have
Dana Scully who is so strong, intelligent, independent, and nonjudgmental,
and Mulder, a man who is everybody's hero. But, despite their
differences, they're equals. They can come together and work hand
in hand in a platonic relationship and have the love and respect
and the caring, and be considered equals by others. And that continues
in the movie."
Anderson reveals that in the film there are also some opportunities
for Mulder and Scully to get a little closer in certain ways than
they have in the series. "The audience will have an opportunity
to see a hint of a different flavor in their rela
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