‘X-Files’ fanfare

'I Want to Believe' preems in Hollywood

At the Chinese Theater “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” preem July 23, the only paranormal phenomena was how well the fans were treated.

Pre-screening there was a “fan press conference” on a blocked-off Hollywood Blvd. where filmmakers took questions from 500 fans in bleachers, who were then invited to see the film; and a post-screening reception for dozens of contest winners who were flown in for the occasion.

While some skeptics of “The X-Files” cult saw the film as “Saw 2” meets “Roswell,” for the believers it was literally the second coming of the TV show put to film.

“People expect the fans to be weird,” said writer-producer Frank Spotnitz. “But they’re bright educated, passionate people who have connected with these characters.”

And for writer-director Chris Carter, “It’s all about Mulder and Scully. People wouldn’t be watching if it wasn’t them taking you through the story.”

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