David Duchovny’s long-desired wish has finally come true: “The X-Files” is officially packing up and moving its production base from Vancouver, B.C., to Los Angeles for the sixth season of the Fox hit that begins production later this spring.
A 20th Century Fox TV statement released Monday confirmed the move, noting, “Our decision was not an easy one, but after five years of dividing the show’s writing, production and post-production between Los Angeles and Vancouver, we, as a studio, chose to unite the three elements in Southern California.”
Duchovny had maintained in several interviews last year that he would prefer to quit the show than spend another season away from his wife, actress Tea Leoni of “The Naked Truth” and “Flirting with Disaster” fame.
“Vancouver is a nice place if you like 400 inches of rainfall a day,” Duchovny complained to one interviewer last year. “It’s kind of like a tropical rainforest without the tropics. More like an Ice Age rainforest.”
But in a Monday interview, “X-Files” creator/executive producer Chris Carter said that the decision to shift cities was not forced by Duchovny, his “X-Files” co-star Gillian Anderson or anyone else.
Never anticipated staying
“The truth is that we went to Vancouver to shoot the pilot back in 1993 because we couldn’t find a forest we really liked in Los Angeles,” Carter said. “We never anticipated staying there for five years, but that’s what three weeks turned into.”
Carter added, “I had told David and Gillian that we wouldn’t be staying up there indefinitely; we would come home. So it really was a case of David and Gillian sacrificing for me and for the show. But there were no ultimatums. I had always said to them I’d like to do five great years … It just seems like a natural time now, given the movie coming out and the fork in the road, to make the change.”
‘Invaluable’ to success
The statement from 20th credited the Vancouver production location as having been “invaluable” to “X-Files’ ” success, calling the show’s critical acclaim and vast audience “nothing less than a testament to the city and its production community.”
Carter’s other Fox drama, “Millennium,” will continue to be based in Vancouver.