WonderCon 2008 has been whipping audiences in San Francisco into a frenzy over the past week or so with inside looks and sneak peaks at some of the films that will be hitting theatres this summer.
John Favreau’s Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr looks terrific), The Wachowskis’ Speed Racer (it can’t really be as bad as the trailer suggests, can it?), Prince Caspian (second time lucky, we hope) and Wanted (Bekmambetov does The Matrix) have all gone down a storm, but it appears that the movie that has received the most rapturous applause is the X Files sequel.The teaser trailer offers up the first glimpses of Mulder and Scully’s return but, according to reports, it appears to place its emphasis in the most surprising of places. Set mostly in a snow and ice covered field, it shows us a grey-haired Billy Connolly – the main draw for believers out there, we’re sure – struggling through the ice with a load of FBI guys following behind. Amanda Peet gets to shout a bit while Connolly yells “It’s here!!!” (about what he’s referring we do not know but it’s probably a safe bet it ain’t a werewolf as Chris Carter and co have tried to have us believe!) but Mulder and Scully barely get a look in. Instead of taking centre stage they’re relegated to quick cuts which show them looking mildly perplexed about something or another.All these snow-bound shenanigans are intercut with, according to AICN’s Quint, “autopsy scenes, Mulder driving, Mulder running, Billy Connolly convulsing with blood coming from his eyes, and a pissed off looking bald guy.” Chris Carter may have explained at the WonderCon panel that he always saw The X Files as “a search for god,” but it all sounds a bit like a bunch of deleted scenes from The Golden Compass. We’re waiting for the next trailer, you know, the one where the Glasgwegan comedian starts rucking with a great big polar bear.