There isn’t a two-dimensional truth out there.
Fox has decided not to move forward with The X-Files: Albuquerque, an animated comedy spinoff of the original live-action show. The project’s development was first announced by the network in August 2020, but they declined to comment for this story.
There are rumors that Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther, is working on a new version of The X-Files. The news that the cartoon spinoff is ending comes at the same time (full story here). TVLine has learned, however, that Coogler’s X-Files wouldn’t be for Fox.
The X-Files: Albuquerque was not supposed to be about David Duchovny’s Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Scully, even though the original series’ creator, Chris Carter, was set to executive-produce it but not write or run it. Instead, the doomed series would have been about an office full of misfit agents who look into X-Files cases that are too weird, silly, or just plain stupid for Mulder and Scully to deal with.
The pilot was written by Paradise PD creators Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko.
The live-action X-Files ran on Fox for nine seasons, from 1993 to 2002. It spawned two feature films, in 1998 and 2008, and the first two revival seasons started airing in 2016. In 2018, not long after the second revival season ended, Fox’s then-CEO Gary Newman said, “There are currently no plans to do another season.” Anderson had just said that Season 11, or the second revival season, would be her last as Scully. Newman’s comments came after that.
Carter, on the other hand, wasn’t ready to say that the series was over.
“I can’t think of a way that there wouldn’t be more X-Files,” he told TVLine at the time. “I think there are many more stories to tell and ways to tell them. I’m ending this on a huge cliffhanger, and Gillian has said she won’t be back. True X-Files fans know that the show has never really ended.