By Wes Smith
Deadline has confirmed that Fox is renewing The X-Files for a six-episode event series nearly 13 years after the original show ended its run.
Creator/EP Chris Carter is set to return alongside Mulder and Scully themselves, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
After rumors of a full-series pickup gained speed earlier this year, the creators have worked out a deal for production to begin this summer on the smaller, but just-as-hyped event slots.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
While the show ended 13 years ago, there has been enough interest to keep the show running in film format, most recently with I Want to Believe in 2008. Talks for the current event series have been ongoing for almost a year.
The X-Files, about two FBI investigators working in a department specializing in strange and unexplainable events, joins a slew of other renewed shows as of late. It joins Twin Peaks and Heroes, to name a couple. The show did not return simply through its cult status, either; the original won 16 Emmys during its lifespan.
“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers,” Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman told Deadline. “The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning.”