Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the star spoke about returning to the role of the FBI’s most unwanted and gave us hope that this new run of episodes might not be the end.
“I got the first script this morning,” he said. “I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page. It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself. It was just like, I’d been talking about this for a long time. We’d been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let’s say two years we’ve been talking about doing it. Now it’s the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].”
Confirming that the six episodes will be a blend of stand-alone and arc mythology, Duchovny played down the idea of doing a full season run but said that another short run wasn’t impossible.
“I would be open to doing another cycle,” he said. “I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.”
The six episode run will also star William B Davis and Mitch Pileggi, and brings back some of the show’s best writers in Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan and James Wong.
The X-Files revival airs on 24 January 2016 on Fox in the US. You can buy The X-Files Complete Series 1-9 on DVD for £39.99 at Amazon.co.uk. Keep up with the latest sci-fi news with the new issue of SciFiNow.