Thirteen years after the last episode, the supernatural series returns as a six-episode season, reuniting creator and executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who re-inhabit their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Delegates at Mipcom will watch the first episode of the reboot on Oct. 6, titled “My Struggle,” at 6.30 P.M. local time in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Carter is due to attend the event, and will participate in a question-and-answer session after the screening.
The series is brought to Mipcom by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. Fox Television Group heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman are Mipcom 2015 Personalities of the Year.
“The X-Files” remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in television history. It premiered in September 1993 and over the course of its nine-season run, went from a cult sci-fi favorite to a massive global hit, becoming one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show won 16 Emmys, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award.
“The return of this iconic series underlines the current demand for story-telling at its best. We are delighted that Fox has chosen Mipcom for the world premiere of the return of ‘The X-Files,’ which is one of several high-profile series being showcased exclusively at Mipcom 2015,” said Laurine Garaude, director of TV division at Reed Midem, which organizes Mipcom.
The new season will include a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that “further the original show’s seminal mythology,” said Fox. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee.
The show will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”
Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.