Empire Magazine has a geek culture-themed issue coming out next Thursday on August 28th. Among the superhero exposes is an interview with “X-Files” creator Chris Carter in which he talks about the show’s transition to film and the possibility of a third film.
While the whole interview won’t be available until Thursday, Empire has put a teaser snippet on their website which reveals that a famous Brit nearly had a role in the second X-Files film.
Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie [2008's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People] and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him.
And while they weren’t able to make it happen, Carter is leaving the door open for a third film.
I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.
And what about that often rumored third film? Will it ever happen?
It’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox, whether they have the will to do it. I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonisation date has passed [in the series, the date for the alien invasion was December 22, 2012 - Ed.] and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.
What sort of role could Simon Pegg possibly play in the X-Files universe? It’s hard to imagine him being an agent or a threat. Perhaps he could become one of Mulder’s eccentric helpers like the Lone Gunmen. It’s a bit of a typecast for Simon Pegg, but there’s no denying that he’d fill out the part brilliantly. And what do you think about an X-Files film returning to it’s mythology? It’s hard to imagine Fox willing to bet on another X-Files movie since the last two weren’t exactly blockbusters. Maybe a Netflix mini-series instead? That seems to be all the rage these days.