Here at the pizza crust strewn Slashfilm HQ, we’re having ourselves a game called, “X Files Subtitle or B-side By Journey?” It usually only lasts one round, but hey! You see, today the official title for July’s sequel was approved by 20th Century Fox. Series creator and director Chris Carter got the title he wanted. So, what is it?
The X Files: I Want to Believe
A friend of mine just said, “It sounds like a direct-to-DVD sequel for Angels In the Outfield.” Not sure what I think, but the title will do a swell job of making the film stand out in the marketplace. Worth a double take and gets the mind spinning. If you’re not familiar with the series, the subtitle is a recurring mantra of sorts for David Duchovny‘s conflicted Agent Mulder. Here’s what Chris Carter told the AP…
“It’s a natural title,” Carter said in a telephone interview Tuesday during a break from editing the film. “It’s a story that involves the difficulties in mediating faith and science. `I Want to Believe.’ It really does suggest Mulder’s struggle with his faith.”
Discuss: What Do You Think of the new X Files title? Will it connect with non-fans?
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Our friends at FilmSchoolRejects have three new photos from the still untitled X-Files sequel. The new photos reveal shocking plot spoilers (of course, all of the plot spoilers take place slightly off screen). For example we have a photo of Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and a team of bewildered FBI looking down at… something. And in the next photo we have Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) looking at a Werewolf… or it could be just a door or television, we don’t know because it’s off screen.
The third photo features both Mulder and Scully looking off at something in the distance while snow falls from the sky. I imagine that something is probably Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk having an epic battle in a snow covered landscape. I mean, that’s the obvious answer.
Discuss: What do you think Mulder and Scully could be reacting to? What’s going on?!
Late last month, a teaser trailer appeared briefly online for July’s The X Files 2 and today another CAM bootleg has surfaced over at XFilesNews, this time for a full length trailer (embedded below). While I think the bootleg teaser trailer, which is now back up at YouTube here, is more intriguing, I’m left wondering about both in terms of smart marketing. The new trailer is said to be attached to May’s Iron Man. Keep in mind that an entire decade has passed since Agents Mulder and Scully were on the big screen, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, while both look great, haven’t had a major movie or TV hit since.
Neither of these trailers has a real money shot or a big scare to place the sequel in the realm of this summer’s diverse big guns like The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder or Pineapple Express. Furthermore, both trailers use a lot of military, ice and snow imagery that automatically brings to mind the Antarctica shots from the original film’s promotions. That film turned off general audiences and performed below expectations because it chose to focus on the TV show’s confusing, Lost-esque “mythology.”
The sequel will be a “stand alone” film, but that’s not clear at all underneath the characteristically ambiguous messages and played-up mystery in these trailers. The marketing department doesn’t have to outright state “This Time, No Alien Stuff…It’s Scarier” but, umm, it’s not a bad idea. Such a message can be easily communicated without spoiling the film, so why not go for it? There’s a lot at stake for Chris Carter‘s franchise, and in a summer lacking scares (Midnight Meat Train seems to have gotten the boot), that’s the way to go if he wants a hit. I’m all for a straight-up quality mystery thriller to escape the heat, but the season’s event film competition is typically brutal, and that was clear back in 1998.
Discuss: Which trailer is more effective? If you’re not interested in The X Files sequel, what would you need to see to change that? Is seeing Xzibit’s face in the new trailer scarier than any conspiracy or monster mash in the series?
Unless July’s X Files sequel (still untitled) ends up being the franchise’s equivalent to Waxwork, I’d say the following photo contains a detrimental spoiler. If /Film was the government or Matt Drudge, we might unleash the sirens and Code Red alerts right now. Am I glad I saw them? Not really. Actually, no way! Are they cool? Sure, but I have a distinct “is that it?” comedown. JoBlo had one helluva spy who snapped some photos from the set. As for the photo below, that’s the film’s director and franchise creator, Chris Carter, on the right in blue. As for what’s on the left, if you head for the jump you’ll have no further questions.
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I’ve written 29 news stories in the last 48 hours, yet, believe it or not, wasn’t able to get to everything I’ve wanted to show you. I usually let go of these “missed opportunities”. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day. But I’ve decided to make it a new years resolution (yes, an early one) to compile some these passed over gems in a new “Page 2″ link blog. Basically, Page 2 will contain all the news not fit to print. I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing this, but we’ll see. You are reading the introduction to the first edition. Don’t turn away and don’t underestimate their value, some good links can be found below.
Emmy Rossum (Poseidon), Eriko Tamura (Heroes), and newcomer Joon Park (Speed Racer) have joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball Z. Meh! [THR]
Principal Photography has wrapped on Punisher: War Zone. More Meh! [SHH]
James Bond star Daniel Craig might have inadvertently given away the title to the upcoming Casino Royale sequel. Rumor has it that the film will be titled “007” because, as Craig explained “the first movie dealt with him earning his 00 status and now he is 007 for the first time”. [AICN]
Universal has put the Smokin Aces‘ direct-to-DVD prequel on hold until the writers strike is over. Apparently the studio’s budget of the current script draft came in at $17 million, which isn’t too far off from the original theatrical film. When the strike is over, the writers will be brought back in to do some chopping. Joe Carnahan writes: “We’ve already made contact with most of the actors we want to return but we’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeve and some surprises.” [SmokinJoe]
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the screenwriters are on strike. Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody has found a way to spend some of her free time. She will now be writing a weekly column in Entertainment Weekly called Binge Thinking (clever). The first column is about Juno’s unexciting press tour. And better yet, you can read it online for free. Hey, it’s better than Stephen King’s column (as if that’s an accomplishment). Congrads to Diablo on the new gig. [EW]
John Singleton has been confirmed as the director of the big screen adaptation of The A-Team. Just what we need, another bad television adaptation. [cine]
Jessica Simpson‘s latest movie is such a stinker, it’s being released direct to DVD. [Perez]
Wizard Magazine cast Ray Park as Snake Eye in their version of a live-action G.I. Joe movie nearly seven years ago. [TMB]
Did You Know: In the late-1980’s, Pixar was developing a the Oscar winning short film Tin Toy into a christmas special titled “A Tin Toy Christmas.” The project got shelved but later became the inspiration for Toy Story. [Jim Hill]
The X-Files 2 is now in production, and set photos are beginning to leak. Check out this new one of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. [CS]
The Lost Boys 2 writer Hans Rodionoff is working on a four-issue limited comic book series for Wildstorm on the Frog Bros. Rodionoff says, the series will “bridge the movies together – what Edgar and Alan Frog were doing between the first movie and the second one. We’ll get to play with Haim’s character a little bit.” I’m in. [Shock]
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I’m not quite sure we can take anything David Duchovny says at face value. This X-Files movie sequel has been in the works for years now, and there have been many rumors (most of which originated from the cast or series creator) that led to dead ends. But lately it seems like the film might actually get off the ground. And now David Duchovny claims that the movie hopes to begin production in December 2007.
“It’s at… the script is written and as far as I know we’re all trying to shoot in December at some point. We would all love it if we could keep it a secret and just give everybody a fresh experience of not knowing what the movie’s about. I know if I was a fan of the show I would kind of be excited to be surprised.”
An X-Files sequel might actually happen after-all. I know, I know, we’ve said this before. Show helmer Chris Carter has said this before, and the stars have SAID – THIS – BEFORE. But this time it might be for real. Series and film co-star David Duchovny made an appearance for his new Showtime series Californication during the Television Critics Association press tour, and revealed that a script and tentative production schedule is already in place.
“I’m actually supposed to a script next week! Before I would just say that [there was a movie] because they told me, but now, after talking to Chris [Carter] — he’s been giving me progress reports — and he actually called yesterday, and said ‘Next week, you should have something to read.'” Duchovny said at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. When asked if it would be a stand alone story, David replied: “It should be. It should be a one-off, yeah.”
Duchovny also revealed that the current plan is to start shooting in November 2007 for a Summer 2008 release. I’ll believe it when I see it. I didn’t follow the show but enjoyed the first film. This seems to be a reoccurring occurrence for me (and many of the people I know). Another example would be Star Trek (I’ve seen and enjoyed most of the movies, didn’t watch the series). But many people loved this show, and I can see why. I’m currently watching The 4400 which many people usually compare to X-Files. Although some people would probably say that it’s becoming more X-Men than X-Files as of the last season. Thanks to IGN and THR for contributing to this story.
Last week X-Files star David Duchovny told IESB that an X-Files sequel was in the works.
We’ll do another movie or two, we’ll continue to do movies if the next one does well.
We didn’t believe David, because he said the same thing two years ago and it never evolved into anything. But now his X-Files co-star Gillian Anderson also confirms the latest development:
“Every year or two they talk about it again, but it seems like it might be for real this time. Somehow it seems like somebody’s really serious about it. I know that Chris’ lawsuit with Fox is over, so maybe now it can be done.”
According to Duchovny, the current story treatment brings back both Scully and Mulder, and is “a supernatural thriller.” I know, I know, not many details have been revealed.