The actress is still interested in doing the film
Gillian Anderson is busy shooting NBC's midseason thriller Crisis in Chicago. Set to debut this March, the high-concept series follows the kidnapping of several children of Washington D.C.'s elite. Anderson has also been featured in a fascinating guest-starring role on NBC's horror series Hannibal.
Even in the midst of the actress' increasingly busy schedule, though, it's possible that a third X-Files movie may move forward. It was reported last summer that The X-Files creator Chris Carter was developing script and that he, Anderson, and David Duchovny were all interested in reunited for the long-awaited film.
IGN was able to sit down with Anderson today to talk about her new drama Crisis (stay tuned for more on that). During the course of our conversation, we touched on oft-discussed X-Files movie. The actress indicated that she's still very open to returning to that world for a third film, but that she felt that it was unlikely to go into production in the near future.
"I'm sure it is being thought out," the actress said when asked if discussions about the film continued. "Looking at my schedule it's probably unlikely to happen before 2016, but that's the way things go."
Anderson said that she isn't sure which storyline the film may draw from, as she doesn't get involved in those specifics, but that she felt that it may be "too late" to pursue the 2012 alien colonization through-line that the series established. "I'm not sure people would be interested in that anymore," Anderson reflected. "I don't know."
The date has come and gone, of course. It's possible that the film could be set in the recent past, though, or that Carter may find some other way to deal with the invasion.
In an August interview with Empire, the creator said he felt that it was important to address the colonization in some way. "The date (which was December 22, 2012 in the series) has passed, and that is something we wouldn't ignore," Carter explained. "For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology."
We will keep you updated as details on the third X-Files film emerge.