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Fox sets date for ‘X-Files’ sequel

Scully, Mulder return to theaters on July 25

The long-awaited second “X-Files” film is finally a go, with 20th Century Fox setting a July 25, 2008 release date.

Untitled project reunites “X-Files” creator Chris Carter will thesps David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who will reprise their signature roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Carter begins lensing in December in Vancouver from a script he co-wrote with Frank Spotnitz, a veteran scribe of the long-running “X-Files” television series, which became a worldwide hit during its 1993-2002 run on the Fox network. Spotnitz also co-wrote with Carter the screenplay for 1998 feature “X-Files.” Carter and Spotnitz will also serve as producers.

Studio is keeping the film’s logline under wraps, but stressed the pic is a stand-alone story and supernatural thriller that takes the complicated relationship between Mulder and Scully in new directions.

As of now, there are only two other titles skedded for July 25, both comedies. Sony unspools Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly starrer “Step Brothers,” directed by Adam McKay, while MGM has bows untitled Ice Cube family laffer.

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Plan to bring the “X-Files” sequel to the bigscreen was waylaid when Chris Carter brought a 2005 lawsuit against Fox over how the “X-Files” syndication profits were divvied up. Suit was later settled.

Earlier this year, the issue seemed to have been resolved, with Duchovny and Anderson both indicating that the film was finally moving forward.

Released in 1998, feature film “The X-Files” grossed $187 million worldwide, including a domestic haul of $83.9 million and an international cume of more than $103 million.

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