Gillian Anderson Would Consider Returning for The X-Files, but on One Condition

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Want to see Scully battling aliens and shadowy government figures again? It could happen, says star Gillian Anderson, but only on one condition: the studio would have to find some new writers who can actually craft a decent story, unlike the crap that was given to fans in the later seasons of The X-Files. Anderson suggested this in a recent interview with Variety, calling certain arcs, such as Scully’s pregnancy, “unfortunate.”

Gillian Anderson Reveals Her One Condition to Return to ‘The X-Files’ (Variety)

Gillian Anderson knows that “The X-Files” fans would love to see more of FBI agent Dana Scully. That doesn’t mean she’s interested in taking it on again.

When she joined the original Fox series, which aired from 1993 to 2002, she was excited to take on the obscure role that was different from “pretty much everything else on television at the time,” says Anderson, who’s receiving Variety‘s Icon Award at CannesSeries.

“It just feels like such an old idea. I’ve done it, I did it for so many years, and it also ended on such an unfortunate note,” she says, referring to Scully’s pregnancy reveal. “In order to even begin to have that conversation [about another season] there would need to be a whole new set of writers and the baton would need to be handed on for it to feel like it was new and progressive. So yeah, it’s very much in the past.”

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