There's been lots of small talk revolving around David Duchovny this week. His new indie film Goats arrives in limited release this weekend following rumors of a real-life romance between him and his X-Files costar Gillian Anderson. Now, speaking to Collider, Duchovny -- who would keep making X-Files movies until he dies if it meant more work -- tells the site that it boggles his mind as to why 20th Century Fox doesn't seem interested in making more X-Files sequels, admitting that he'd "love to do another film, or more."
He goes on to say how "perplexed" he is that the studio isn't more enthusiastic, especially when stuff like Green Lantern is being made (by another studio, we should add). "Here’s a homegrown property that you don’t have to go buy, like fu**in’ Green Lantern or something, to make it. Here you’ve got an actual action franchise that’s your own. It’s weird to me, but I’m not an executive. I don’t know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I’m just using that as an example of, 'Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?' I don’t get it, but that’s not my business."
Well, one reason could be that the box-office numbers don't justify another sequel. The original X-Files movie grossed $189 million worldwide, whereas its sequel, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, grossed only $68 million worldwide, including a horrible $20 million domestic. Duchovny chalks that failure up to a summer release for a movie without a summer budget.
"It should be a summer film. It should be an action film. But, the last one we made was not. The last one we made was a dark, contemplative, small $25 million film. It was basically an independent film. When you come out against Batman, it’s not going to happen. You’re not going to be sold as an independent film, and you’re not going to compete against Batman with $25 million."
We agree with Duchovny to an extent, but no studio -- not even Fox -- is going to spend "summer dollars" on an X-Files movie. Would you even want another X-Files movie? Sure, it's a homegrown franchise, but maybe it's a franchise that belongs back on television and not on the big screen. What do you think?
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