Ryan Coogler Set to Develop Diverse Reboot of Sci-Fi ‘The X-Files’
A new, diverse reboot of the iconic sci-fi series The X-Files is reportedly in development by Ryan Coogler, according to Chris Carter, the creator of the original series. Carter shared the news during an appearance on the CBC podcast On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko. He mentioned that Coogler has his work cut out for him due to the vast territory covered by the original series. As of now, 20th Television has not commented on the matter, and Deadline has reached out to Coogler’s representatives for confirmation.
The X-Files, an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter, has captivated audiences since its debut in September 1993. The show, which originally aired on Fox, spanned nine seasons and 202 episodes during its initial run, which concluded in May 2002. The series’ enduring popularity led to a revival with a tenth season of six episodes in January and February 2016, followed by an eleventh season of ten episodes from January to March 2018.
The series follows the investigations of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as they explore unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. With its unique blend of science fiction, drama, and suspense, The X-Files has become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring a devoted fan base and multiple spin-offs.
In addition to the television series, two feature films have been released. The first, titled The X-Files, premiered in 1998 and continued the storyline from the series. The second film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, was released in 2008 as a stand-alone story, six years after the original television run had ended. Both films expanded the universe of The X-Files while staying true to the essence of the original series.
Over the course of its run, The X-Files has been praised for its innovative storytelling, compelling characters, and thought-provoking exploration of the unknown. The series has received numerous awards and nominations, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, and has left a lasting impact on the science fiction genre.
Coogler’s production company, Proximity Media, is currently under a five-year exclusive deal with Disney Television, as reported by Deadline in 2021. The original X-Files series premiered in 1993, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson starring as FBI Special Agents Mulder and Scully. The duo investigated paranormal cases throughout the show’s 11-season run. Carter believes the show would be vastly different today, given the prevalence of conspiracy theories in modern times.
Ryan Coogler is best known for his work on the Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever, which he co-wrote and directed. The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for five Oscars. Coogler’s potential involvement in The X-Files reboot comes under his five-year overall deal with Walt Disney Television, which includes 20th TV. The original series aired on Fox between 1993 and 2001 before being revived for two additional seasons in 2016 and 2018.