Frank Spotnitz, the man behind much of the mythology of THE X-FILES, has been hired to help write the next movie based on the hit series, reports SCI FI WIRE.
Long in development, the second X-FILES film has mainly been held up by legal matters between series creator Chris Carter and 20th Century Fox. "David, Gillian and I, and even Chris Carter, all have deals in place, and once the legal issues are over with, we will go on with it," Spotnitz said. "I'm hoping it will get resolved soon."
Spotnitz said the story for the film is set and will be reminiscent of the stand-alone episodes of the series rather than dealing with the conspiracy to cover up the existence of extraterrestrials, which was the focus of the first X-FILES movie.
"No, we're not going into the mythology [in the sequel]," Spotnitz said. "One of the things that was exciting about doing it is to not make it a mythology story, and it's like one of the stand-alone episodes. It's a bit scary. Of course, we will catch up with the characters and what is going on in their lives, but it's not about the alien conspiracy. It's not about that."
Spotnitz was an exec producer on the show, which starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The first feature came out in 1998 and the series ended its nine-year run in 2002.