When the news first came down the pipeline that FOX was revisiting it’s popular series The X Files, feelings were mixed. Did we (the fans) really need a revisit of the 9 season series, and the two films? Of course, the network went with “yes”, hedging all it’s bets on the returning core cast and crew to bring back the viewership masses.
Despite a poorly received first episode of X Files: The Return (which fans have called season 10 even though the show did continue officially and canonically in comic form for ‘season 10’), the other four episodes were semi-ok entries into the heavy mythology and lore of the series. Of course, series creator Chris Carter‘s episodes were the weakest of The Return, but former X Files writer Darin Morgan is returning for season 11.
Darin is responsible for some fan favorite episodes such as “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” (where we find out Scully is immortal, kind of), “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space”, “Humbug”, and season 10’s no slouch episode “Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Monster” (which he also directed). Darin is the brother-in-law of another X Files writer, Glen Morgan, who is also on board for some scripts in the 10 episode season 11.
Glen and his writing partner James Wong have some pretty hefty episodes under their belt going all the back to season 1 including “Squeeze”, “Beyond the Sea”, and “Tooms” just to name a few. The pair wrote an episode of season 10, “Home Again”, which served as the 4th episode aired even though it was filmed second of the five episode run.
Chris Carter is also on board to write more for season 11, maybe not the best news considering his scripts for 10 were the weakest and most disappointing for fans. Other names in the writers room this year include former season 9 writer’s assistant Gabe Rotter, Season 10 writers’ assistant Benjamin Van Allen and Chris Carter’s assistant, Brad Follmer.
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are both returning to their roles as Special Agent Dana Scully and Special Agent Fox Mulder.
The X-Files returns sometime during the 2017-2018 season on Fox.