X-Files 2

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.

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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.

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Discuss: What do you think Mulder and Scully could be reacting to? What’s going on?!

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X-Files 2 Movie Poster

A new poster for the X-Files sequel has been found floating around the interwebs, although I’m not quite sure it’s real. If it is official, it looks poorly hacked together. Real or Fake, I’m sure the truth is out there, and we’ll find out soon.

Update: As it turns out, the poster is actually real. Someone in the fox art department deserves to be fired for this one…

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Discuss: What do you think, Good or Bad?

New Bootleg X Files 2 Trailer Appears Online

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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?

X-Files 2 Trailer Leaks Online

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It appears that someone at WonderCon leaked footage from X-Files 2 on to YouTube. I know it sucks for con attendees, but the studios should just put all this footage officially online the Monday following the convention. The movie studios appear to be fine with thousands of people seeing this footage, so why not show a couple hundred thousand more? Footage will always get leaked, the studios and Comic Con will probably never be able to prevent that, especially with the rate the technology and cameras are shrinking. So the question to the studios are, would you rather the interested fans see the presentation in a crappy handheld video clip shot on a cellphone and uploaded to YouTube, or in a nice quicktime where they have full control?

Check out the trailer after the jump.
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WonderCon: X-Files 2

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The X-Files are back, not on your television screen (thankfully), but in an all-new, apparently eagerly anticipated, big(ger) budgeted feature-length film. Creator/producer/writer Chris Carter is back, as are David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, respectively. Also on hand was Frank Spotniz, series writer, producer, and co-writer of the new, as yet untitled (or un-subtitled) sequel. The Wonder-Con audience eagerly cheered the four members of the panel. All four were in town after working yesterday on the still-in-production sequel.

Not surprisingly for an audience packed with X-Files fans, the trailer met with enthusiastic approval. Trailer riffed on the The Thing From Another World], something under the ice, a white-haired man in eyeglasses (Billy Connolly) leads an FBI team to an isolated location near a farmhouse. The agents set up a perimeter while the white-haired man digs frantically in the snow. What he’s looking for and what he finds remains a mystery. Even more of a mystery is what’s at stake, how Mulder and Scully are involved, and what, if anything, has changed in their relationship since the X-Files went off the air six years ago.

As frustratingly little as the trailer gave away, the panel gave away even less. Carter and Spotniz seemed to indicate that the script goes away from the alien/government conspiracy storyline that sustained The X-Files for most of its nine-year run. Instead, they opted for what one fan/questioner in the audience dismissively referred to as a “monster of the week” storyline. That might be true, but as any X-Files fan can attest, some of The X-Files better episodes had little or nothing to do with the alien/government conspiracy storyline (referred to as the show’s “mythology” by fans and critics).

The question on almost everyone’s minds is why a sequel and why now? After all, it’s been six years after the end of the series and nine years since The X-Files: Fight the Future made its one and only appearance on theater screens. Fans turned out for Fight the Future, but non-fans didn’t, at least not in enough numbers to make Fight the Future a major box office hit or a sequel a done deal. Carter sidestepped the question, saying only that the story he and Spotniz put together will scare the pants off of audience members and that audiences would see Mulder and Scully in a wholly new way. Later, Carter acknowledged that Duchovny played a major role in kick-starting the sequel, as were executives at Twentieth Century Fox (who told Carter it was “now or never”).

The questions inevitably turned to the acting side. Duchovny and Anderson were asked about re-acclimating to their now iconic roles. Both said it was much harder than anticipated, with Anderson claiming it took her 48 hours before she felt comfortable in Scully’s skin and thus gave bad-to-mediocre performances over those two days. Duchovny asked for specifics (as in, which scenes), but Anderson passed on answering. Interestingly enough, Duchovny said his most difficult scenes weren’t performing in action-oriented set pieces, but in the smaller, make-or-break character moments he shared with Anderson and her character.

To the delight of X-Files fans, Carter confirmed that series’ composer Mark Snow will return to score the sequel. While he didn’t have to say it, he seemed to confirm that anyone else would have led to a loss of good will among X-Files fans. Although she doesn’t appear in the trailer or, if she did, fleetingly, Carter confirmed that Amanda Peet appears in the sequel as a FBI Special Agent Dakota Whitney.

As for a sequel to the sequel (Carter didn’t speak of it in terms of a trilogy), that all depends, of course, on how well the still-untitled sequel does at the box office in July, but Carter and Spotniz seemed enthusiastic about venturing back into the X-Files universe and telling more stories, especially now that they don’t have to contend with the grind associated with working on a weekly television series.

Spoiler Photos for The X Files 2 Hit the Web!

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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.

Source Link: JoBlo

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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.

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