According to The Digital Bits, who have heard it from a number of industry insiders, The X-Files could be making its long overdue HD debut at the end of 2013.
Getting into the nuts and bolts of the conversion, they reckon the show will be ‘rebuilt’ for high definition in the same way that Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation were.
“As fans will already be aware, the first four seasons of the show were produced in 4×3 format, like many TV programs of its era. The series then went to a 16×9 widescreen format for the remainder of its run, as anamorphic widescreen displays were starting to become common. The entire show was still broadcast in standard definition – not actual high-definition – and the visual effects and post-production were finished in SD. Our sources say Fox has likely decided to “rebuild” the seasons in high-definition, in much the same way that CBS has done with Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Provided all the original camera negative has been properly stored and archived, it’ll presumably be an easier task as the show featured fewer and less elaborate visual effects.”