The Truth Is Out There at PaleyFest

Mitch Pileggi, Dean Haglund e Nick LeaPer farmi perdonare lo scherzo di ieri :P, ecco un po' di vera rassegna stampa sempre relativa al Paley Festival di mercoledì scorso.

Si tratta di due articoli, in uno dei quali troviamo delle brevi interviste a Chris Carter e al mitico Frank Spotnitz.

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The Truth Is Out There at PaleyFest

Though the show they love has lain dormant for six years, fans turned out in droves Wednesday night to the PaleyFest to reanimate “The X-Files.” Like, say, a zombie. Or a golem. Or a giant human liver fluke.

During the clip reel of the nine-season show, “X-Philes” cheered for sci-fi Heathcliff Fox Mulder and savvy strawberry Sno-Cone Dana Scully. Things got especially rowdy in the seats when the two locked lips, a kiss that ended nearly a decade of sexual tension that had become as thick as ectoplasm.

On hand to expose the truth were creator Chris Carter; producers Howard Gordon and Paul Rabwin; director David Nutter; writers Frank Spotnitz, Steven Maeda, Glen Morgan, Rob Bowman and Darin “Flukeman” Morgan; and actors Nicholas Lea, Dean Haglund and Mitch Pileggi.

Carter admitted off the bat that the second “X-Files” movie had finished shooting 13 days earlier, but, sly as the Smoking Man, declined to provide so much as the title of the film—he said he knows what he’d like to call it, but the studio disagrees, so it’s still up in the air. He would say only that the film takes place “six years down the line. … They [Mulder and Scully] have lived out their lives during that time” and we pick up the thread in the present day.

“They’ve been in that motel room in New Mexico the entire time,” suggested moderator Cynthia Littleton, alluding to the series’ final scenes of the couple in bed together.

Predictably, the crowd at the Arclight Cinerama Dome went nuts.

While David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were not on hand (fortunately for a crowd that seemed to have left their albuterol inhalers in their basement bedrooms), Lea, who played the dreamy double-agent Krycek and now appears on “Kyle XY,” tried to describe what life is like after “X-Files.”

“It’s like your first relationship … you’re always searching for ‘that’ ever after. It set a really high bar. It was unbelievable what we produced in an eight-day period.” He added, “I’d be hanging off balconies 18 floors up in the air, jumping from exploding cars, horse chases…”

“What, you don’t do that on ‘Kyle KY?’” quipped Haglund, who played conspiracy theorist/”Lone Gunman” Langley.

In a show famous for big reveals, Carter gratified fans with a few major declassifications.

When asked if they kept a “show bible” on hand, Carter denied, denied, denied. Shows that create universal guidebooks to their mythology really limit themselves, he explained. In fact, he claimed that part of the fun of the show “mythology” was a result of choosing not to set any rules in the development process.

Part of the reason to avoid planning it all out was the ever-present fear of cancellation, he admitted. In fact, then Fox exec Sandy Grushow thought “X-Files” would be canceled after its first 13 episodes. He was programming it, Carter said, as “the show that follows ‘Brisco County Jr.’”—anyone remember that?—which was expected to be a big hit that year.

In fact, Carter credited much of the success of the show to those low expectations. They were pretty much left alone early in the run, because no one expected it to catch on, and by the time Fox executives realized there were a lot of eyeballs on the show, the quirky tone and extended mythology were too established with viewers to tinker with them.

When asked if he had any regrets on the way characters ended their run, Carter took a lengthy, telling pause, collecting his thoughts, before answering, “The choices we made were the best we could make at the time. So no. No regrets.”

That serious moment was triumphantly followed by the new trailer for the movie sequel.

Like the eyes of a semi-hibernatory genetic mutant starved for human liver, camera phones, camcorders and digicams glowing in the darkness, recording the trailer for YouTube the next morning.

In closing, Carter shared an anecdote to distill the “X-Files” ethos. When he received the script for the infamous, bomb-on-the-train alien autopsy story arc, he initially told the writers that the script was “unproduce-able.” Time and continuity constraints aside, budget was always an issue for a show that relied on makeup and effects that consistently had to go above and beyond to be convincing.

But, said Carter, it was thanks to amazingly passionate individuals like producer R.W. Goodwin and others, who were always “begging, borrowing and stealing” despite a limited budget and breakneck shooting schedule.

The show’s success and amazing quality, he said, is owed to the self-sacrifice and cunning of a highly skilled team, driven to do whatever was necessary to accomplish what seemed insurmountable.

Sounds like a conspiracy to us.

TV Fest '08: X-Files Coming to the Big Screen Again!

The truth is not only out there, it's right in here. An all-new X-Files 2 trailer premiered Wednesday night at the Paley Center for Media's 25th Annual TV Fest. (The series clip reel starts it off, and the trailer starts around 2:50.) Then click in for more movie scoop from masterminds Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz.


What was it like shooting in Canada again after having moved the show from Vancouver to L.A. halfway through its run?
It was wonderful. I had so many friends up there, I had so many people that I've worked with up there. It wasn't a reunion exactly, because we could only hire one person for each job. So that was unfortunate. But I hope to be going back there again, not just for The X-Files, but for other things.

Yay! You've been very secretive about the movie, as is, of course, your writing privilege, but the casting was released of Amanda Peet and Xzibit. Was that on purpose or was that by accident? Was that a little tidbit you were putting out there?
I think it was on purpose/by accident. I think what happens is...a public relations machine starts up, and it's very hard to keep those things a secret. So I think what wasn't announced is what they are playing, the roles they're playing, and we'll announce that later on.

What's the title of the movie?
There is no title yet.

When will you decide that?
I've already decided, but whether or not it remains the title is up to Fox.

Annabeth Gish has said she might be in the third movie—have you planned the third movie?
No, I haven't even finished cutting this one.

Is it true that there is a love scene in the movie between Mulder and Scully? Thought I'd throw that out there.
Nice try.


Have you completed principal photography?
Yes, we finished 10 days ago.

Excellent work. When can fans expect to see the official trailer for the movie in theaters?
I think...April.

Do you guys plan to go to Comic-Con this year, which is happening at about the same as the movie comes out in the theaters?
We're trying to figure that out right now.  

What's the name of the movie?
We're trying to figure that out right now.

Is there going to be a subtitle? The X-Files 2: Something Something?
I think so. We don't have permission to say yet what it is. But hopefully in the next few weeks.

Will it be The X-Files 2: Where Is Mulder and Scully's Baby?
That's a good title. My lips are sealed.

Will the whereabouts of baby William be revealed in the movie in any way, shape or form?
It's not a mythology movie, but it is true to everything that has happened to Mulder and Scully. So we'll sort of acknowledge all the backstory that diehard fans are aware of. But it's not the sort of movie that carries on any of the mythology storylines. Not this time around.

FONTE: E!Online


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