The city has an "X factor" that made The X-Files the success it was, according to the show's creator and producer Chris Carter.
VANCOUVER - The city has an "X factor" that made The X-Files the success it was, according to the show's creator and producer Chris Carter. "This city has definitely been one of the secrets of our success ... and it's just one of the reasons why we came back," said Carter.
Speaking to a small group of journalists gathered for what was billed as a "thank-you hug" for local media Wednesday, Carter, lead star David Duchovny and co-writer Frank Spotnitz did their best to answer questions about the production of the second X-Files movie without unveiling any plot points, or significant dramatic developments about the latest instalment in the paranoia-fuelled franchise.
What they could say was six years have passed in the lives of FBI agents Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson).
The intrepid investigators are still consumed by a desire for truth -- and maybe even each other -- and a lot of the action takes place in the midst of a snowbound location somewhere in the eastern United States. Anderson missed Wednesday's event due to illness.
The actual shooting locations were in and around Vancouver, including the town of Pemberton just north of Whistler, where cameras started rolling in December under a shroud of secrecy and several false names.
"We've been trying to keep the story a secret," said Carter. "We've been trying to preserve the element of surprise ... until people have a chance to see it in the theatre. One of the ways we've been able to do that was by not saying it's the X-Files movie."
Duchovny said his character's name never appeared on scripts or call-sheets for the same reasons.
"My character's name was Larry [which happens to be the name of Carter's dog]."
The second X-Files movie project is slated for release July 25.