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Ryan Coogler Developing 'X-Files' Series For Disney

There is talk of a reboot of the X-Files series with Ryan Coogler taking on leading directorial duties, according to Bloomberg.


Ryan Coogler

The original X-Files premiered in 1993 and followed FBI agents as they tried solving paranormal cases. The series ran for 11 seasons with a 2016 revival, as well as two movies were released based on the series.


The first word of Coogler's potential involvement was revealed in March by X-Files creator Chris Carter. “I just spoke to a young man, Ryan Coogler, who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast. So, he’s got his work cut out for him because we covered so much territory,” Carter said on the CBC podcast On The Coast.


Actors Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny starred in the original X-Files series as Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. Anderson gave her opinion about the in-the-works reboot.

“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,” Anderson said. “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,” she added.


When the series was rebooted in the past, Season 11 became the least-watched series in the show’s history with an average of 5.34 million viewers per episode. During the peak of the show's popularity in Season 5, the show pulled in 19.8 million viewers per episode.


At the current time, there isn't any official word from Coogler about the project, and no details about his plans for the reboot have been released.


Photo Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

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