Erin Wilhelm writes from San Diego Comic-Con:
X-Files star David Duchovny and audio drama producer Dirk Maggs drew a full house of X-Files fans at SDCC to discuss a new X-Files audio drama “Cold Cases” available on Audible. The audio show, featuring multiple original cast members including Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi, will be audio adaptations of the Season 10 comics created by Joe Harris.
Maggs, who had produced multiple audio dramas previously for BBC Radio, shared that he was excited to do this audio adaptation in an effort to bring the era of 1950s radio dramas back to America. When the comics were originally written, they were done in cooperation with show creator Chris Carter, so Maggs wanted to be as true to the stories and the legacy of X-Files as possible. He discussed the pressure for everything to be good, because the fans are so dedicated and the body of existing work is of such high quality.
Duchovny stated that he didn’t really have any concerns about the audio adaptation; as long as Chris Carter had approved the stories, Duchovny was in. The actor did discuss the difficulty in voice acting, having no other actors or visuals to act against, and without the benefit of memorizing lines or rehearsals. He said that sometimes he would get to the end of a line of dialogue and discover that it was supposed to be a question.
Both Duchovny and Maggs discussed how much they enjoyed doing these scary audible stories comparing it to telling ghost stories around a campfire. Duchovny said it reminded him of the first season of The X-Files, when they had no money for special effects and their Director of Photography told them to just make everything dark because “it’s really your imagination that will scare the shit out of you.” But the medium also means that in order for the story to be scary, the story and writing need to be excellent. Duchovny pointed out that in an audio drama you can’t depend on props, sets, or fancy special effects to scare people, or to make up for poor acting or poor writing, the words and the way they are delivered are the whole story.
X-Files fans that have already finished the “Cold Cases” do not have to despair, they have something else to look forward too. A second X-Files audio series that immediately follows the first in timeline called “Stolen Lives” will be released this call, also through Audible.
We got to hear some of the story from “Cold Cases” and they sounded great, almost like listening to Mulder and Scully talk on walkie-talkies. But one piece of advice for our readers: maybe don’t listen to it while driving.