Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny made their Comic-Con Ballroom 20 entrance on Thursday among darkness, with flashlights in hand, to celebrate The X-Files‘ 20th anniversary and survey the show’s future. (Yes, we said future.)
They were joined by a star-studded lineup of writers/EPs – creator Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Howard Gordon (Homeland) and John Shiban (Hell on Wheels), to name a few – to reminiscence about Mulder and Scully’s relationship and more.
‘SHIPPER ALERT | What are Anderson’s thoughts on the characters, now that 20 years have passed? “I didn’t realize that Mulder was so cool until a few years later,” shared the actress, “and I thought, ‘Damn. I should have gotten there sooner.’” So what would they do if they ever went out on a real-life date, as one fan asked? “Have sex,” Anderson replied bluntly. Added Duchovny after the laughter died down: “And then maybe have dinner.” The Californication star also reflected on the couple, IDing one of his favorite Mulder/Scully moments as “the one from ‘Post-Modern Prometheus’ where we get up to dance.”
FIGHT THE FUTURE, PART TWO? | Duchovny attributed the pull of the series, even many years later, to the fact that “the show had any possibility. The show is so flexible and could encompass any ideas. We could do it forever.” And then he hinted that when the team can get together again, he’d love to do another… something? Anderson, for her part, ruled out a limited series (à la the upcoming 24 revival), but said “a film would be great.” So will there be another feature flick? “You need a reason to get excited about doing it again… and this [crowd enthusiasm] is very exciting,” Carter hedged.
THE X COMICS | While on that titillating topic, don’t expect the new X-Files comics to bleed into any possible feature ventures. “The stories are more comic-booky,” said Carter. “They’re their own mythology.”
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT | Get ready to awwww. Asked when they realized Mulder and Scully were really in love, Carter replied, “I think it was when [she] first walked into his office in the basement.”
FAITH VS. SCIENCE | Why did Carter choose to include a religious thread to Scully’s character on a sci-fi show? “It was natural for me,” he explained. “She was a scientist, but that made her slightly one-dimensional. But if she had a religious upbringing… she had these two warring sides of her character.”