Chris Carter on the balance of mythology to standalone episodes in X-Files revival

After years of fans begging for more, Fox has finally pulled the trigger and resurrected cult hit The X-Files for a six-episode miniseries that will (hopefully) wrap up some lingering storylines. So, what does creator Chris Carter have to say about the revival?

Fans are clamoring for details on what Carter will do with six fresh hours to fill with Mulder and Scully, with some wanting the season to wrap up the unfinished invasion storyline, while others are pushing for more standalone episodes. Considering that the series excelled at both, Carter teased they’re planning a mix for this mini-run. Here’s what he told The Daily Beast in the wake of Fox’s announcement:

“There are no scripts yet! But yes, I will be overseeing them, but with several people who have been working on the show over the years … I like to think that anyone can enter this without much of a run-up. That said, you don’t want to have to hit the hardcore fans over the head getting them up to speed.

I do, actually [have the arc mapped out]. I know what I want to do, how I want it to lay out—the balance of mythology to stand-alone episodes. Even though none of us have had contracts, I’ve only had one since yesterday, the people that are going to be involved have been talking since the beginning of the year, so we have a clear idea of how this should be, or the best way we think this should be laid out.”

If Carter & Co. can strike that balance, it’ll hopefully make most fans happy. Within a six-hour framework, there’s definitely time to answer some of those dangling questions and still introduce some intriguing new stories. But what about once these six episodes are over? Is Carter interested in making more? Yes, but he wants to get through these first six before he thinks too far ahead. Good call.

“Every day I turn on the radio in the morning, I hear an X-Files story, or I pick up the paper and I see an X-Files story. So yes, the Mulder and Scully in my head are always switched on… First things first, we just want to do six great episodes. We’re all primed to do that, there are great stories to tell, and now it’s just distilling it down to telling the best stories possible in the time we have.”

What would you like to see from the new season of The X-Files (we've already chimed in with our recommendations)? Mythology? Standalone stories? A mix?

(Via The Daily Beast)

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