X-Files Movies

The Movies

Fight The Future (1998)
The production of the feature was a challenge and something not very common to produce a film for a still very active series, other than the Star Trek franchise, but the show had become such a phenomenon that Twentieth-Century Fox ordered up a feature, forcing the Ten-Thirteen production team to operate at a breakneck pace. It is rather astounding once you consider that their other series Millennium was well into its run. The feature was written by Chris Carter, from a story developed between himself and Frank Spotnitz. Series' regular director Rob Bowman was placed at the helm of this Mythology tale, which developed threads from the series on a grand scale. While the film featured many of the regular players, the cast was rounded out by such pedigree actors as Martin Landau playing Mulder's informant, Blythe Banner as high ranking federal supervisor, and Armin Muller-Stahl playing the pivotal role of Strughold. It also featured the shocking demise of John Neville's Syndicate character. Composer Mark Snow enjoyed the opportunity to score the film with an orchestra. While the film would divide some segments of the fans, with some feeling it acted as a two-hour episode, it did achieve its initial intention, as a stand-alone feature that enticed new fans to visit the regular series. It grossed over $186 million dollars worldwide. Much more was to come...

I Want To Believe (2008)
After a six year gap between the series finale in 2002, and due to the timing of various issues that had been resolved, including a royalty dispute, as well as an organized campaign by fans, Twentieth-Century Fox ordered up a second feature. This stand-alone tale that involved the abduction of a federal agent, as well as renegade scientists, was co-written by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, and was Chris Carter's feature film directing debut. The casting took an unusual turn that was the opposite approach to the casting of the previous film. Billy Connolly became the central protagonist, and two federal agents brought Mulder and Scully out of hiding, Amanda Peet, and Alvin “Xhibit” Joyner. Though series regulars Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish were not brought in, regular Mitch Pileggi did make an appearance. While the film faced a disappointing reaction from critics and the outside public, most missed the central conceit–this film though metaphors--was a stand-alone non-mythology that retold the mythology arc in a very terrestrial setting. The film grossed over $68 Million globally. The future awaits what will happen in 2012...

 

1998: Fight the Future
2008: I Want to Believe