December 26, 2008

New Book: Wanting to Believe

In Wanting to Believe, acclaimed science-fiction writer Robert Shearman critiques and examines the whole of Chris Carter's "X-Files" universe, including the spin-off series "Millennium" and "The Lone Gunmen." As such, this is one of --- if not the only --- guide of its kind to cover all 13 seasons of Carter's masterwork.

With this unauthorized guidebook, "X-Files" fans will be able to reevaluate Carter's TV series with Shearman (World Fantasy Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, renowned playwright, writer on the new "Doctor Who" series and all-around nice guy) as he diligently comments upon all 282 "X-Files"-related episodes (and the two motion pictures), which form one of the most notable TV works of the 1990s --- and is every bit as enjoyable today.

Armed with "Wanting to Believe," you won't just find yourself mulling over Shearman's insights and opinions about "The X-Files" --- you'll want to pull your DVDs and re-watch this amazing and impressive series for yoursel

Wanting to Believe
A Critical Guide to The X-Files, Millennium and The Lone Gunmen

by Robert Shearman

December 19, 2008

X-Files comic book #5

People have gone missing in the Badlands for centuries. Now, a fresh spate of disappearances is linked to the possible serial killer “Dante,” who claims he is inspired by demons from hell. While Scully assumes the suspect is either lying or deranged, Mulder follows legends of the Hollow Earth to a labyrinth of subterranean tunnels – just as Dante escapes custody and heads for home.

Written by Doug Moench; Art & Cover by Brian Denham. 32pg. - Color - $3.50 US - On Sale March 18, 2009

December 15, 2008

Breaking Bad News

Stephen King Rates Breaking Bad as the Best

What's the best series on TV? According to Stephen King, it's Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad. In this week's Entertainment Weekly, the horror icon says, "You wouldn't think a story about a high school teacher who makes crank so his cancer treatments don't bankrupt his family could be funny, but it is. And suspenseful. And terrifying. If you missed the first season, hurry and catch up."

Breaking Bad Pilot Is Best TV Episode of '08, Says iTunes

Breaking Bad's pilot has been named the best episode in a dramatic series on Apple's iTunes 2008 list. The year-end review of movies, television shows, audiobooks, podcasts, iPhone applications features the most purchased items this year, plus "best of" selections in several genres.

Bryan Cranston's performance in the "compelling" Breaking Bad is described as "less a guilty pleasure than a tragic look at the unexpected choices we have to make to support our families. Desperate measures, indeed."

Breaking Bad Lands Three WGA Nominations

In its freshman year, Breaking Bad has garnered three nominations from the Writers Guild of America -- one for best new series and and two for best episode.

For new series, the drama -- written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Patty Lin and George Mastras -- is up against Fox's Fringe, ABC's Life on Mars and HBO's In Treatment and True Blood.

Breaking Bad's pilot episode, penned by Gilligan, and "Gray Matter," penned by Lin, are competing for best episode with episodes of Fox's House, USA's Burn Notice, ABC's Eli Stone and Showtime's Dexter.

The 2009 Writers Guild Awards ceremony will take place on February 7, 2009.

Breaking Bad Wins AFI and Satellite Awards

Awards season is steaming ahead, and Breaking Bad continues to pile on the plaudits.

The American Film Institute recognized the drama as one of the best TV programs of the year, placing Breaking Bad in good company with In Treatment, John Adams, Life, Lost, The Office, Recount, The Shield, The Wire and AMC's other original series, Mad Men.

Not to be outdone, the International Press Academy gave Breaking Bad's star, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, a Satellite Award for best actor in a dramatic series. Cranston beat out In Treatment's Gabriel Byrne, Dexter's Michael C. Hall, Doctor Who's David Tennant, Brotherhood's Jason Isaacs and Mad Men's Jon Hamm for this prestigious award.

Source: Official Breaking Bad Blog

December 13, 2008

Back To Frank Black: Lance Henriksen's exclusive interview was thrilled when Frank Black himself, Lance Henriksen, offered an exclusive interview on behalf of the campaign. In this first part of the interview, Lance talks about Millennium, its potential future and the work that went into creating Frank Black.

Read full interview HERE and visit to learn more about the global campaign to bring back Frank Black!

X-Files comic book #2 preview

Download X-Files #2 comic book preview HERE.

Mulder and Scully race to uncover the truth about the apparent suicide of a government scientist. All evidence points to it being nothing more than a case of one man choosing to end his own life, but Mulder is convinced the evidence isn't revealing everything. For Agent Fox Mulder, uncovering the truth is literally a case of life or death.

Written by Frank Spotnitz; Art by Brian Denham; Cover by Tony Shasteen

The X-Files #2 on Sale December 17, 2008.

December 11, 2008

We Talk X-Files with Duchovny

We recently had a chance to sit down with X-Files and Californication star David Duchovny to chat about his latest venture into the world of Mulder and Scully as X-Files: I Want to Believe hits Blu-ray and DVD. Check out the interview below for some teasing tidbits on a possible third X-Files film and the eventual third season of Californication.

IGN: Was it difficult coming back into the role after so long away?

DUCHOVNY: Because there were so many people who were involved from the beginning – specifically Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson and Frank Spotnitz – we all had developed a shorthand. I think if we did it twenty years from now, we would have stepped into it in the same kind of way. We all know how to communicate to each other how and when it's working and what we want to do with a particular moment. Having said that, the first day on set of any movie is stange and unnatural. With this one, it was odd because there was a sense of d?j? vu and a sense of not wanting to make a mockery of what we've done before and honor it and expand it.

IGN: Was the chemistry with Gillian there from the start, or did it take some time to get back up to speed with the characters?

DUCHOVNY: How many hours of Mulder do we have? A couple hundred? To be able to work on filling up the six years in between, or to be able to create a new kind of relationship between the two characters was part of what made it interesting...It was this idea of trying to take them into another place in their lives. Just as we all age, I thought it would be interesting to allow these characters to grow and not set them in stone…Both Gillian and I have gotten so much more confident, certainly since the first year of the show and especially since it ended. We've done so many other things and stretched in other ways, aside from the shorthand that we have, there was this added excitement of, "Wow, we're both doing very, very different things here."

IGN: To your point of having hundreds of hours spent with Mulder…When you play a character that much and for that long is there ever a malaise that sets in? Are you as invested in the character and the mythology as much today as you were when it began?

DUCHOVNY: I'm just as invested, but in a different way. I'm invested in the evolution of the concepts and the characters, but it's not a matter of life and death to me – it's not even a matter of career – but it's interesting to grow the characters and their relationships over a span of years. That's an interesting artistic investment. Malaise, yes, malaise would set in during the course of the show, which I think is inevitable when you do any long-running show. Especially one as time-intensive as the X-Files…But coming back after six years, everybody was happy to be there. Nobody was bitching like we used to bitch. It was only gonna take ten weeks, instead of ten months.

IGN: It's rare that a TV show ever comes back after its final episode, but science and culture have changed considerably since the X-Files went off the air. Could you ever envision returning with a revamped version of the show, especially considering that the original series finale left so much open?

DUCHOVNY: With me in it? No, probably not…For me to take it back to the serious, series grind of the ten-month, twenty-two episode structure, I just can't imagine in this stage of my career or my life, committing that kind of time and energy away from my family. I definitely see a place for the show. I can see the Next Generation. Maybe they can come visit me every now and then and I could give them some sage advice, but I'd love to just continue to do an X-Files movie every now and then.

IGN: What were your thoughts on coming back without a mythology story? And do you feel it's necessary, if there's a third film, to return to that aspect of the show?

DUCHOVNY: I think that's really the bread and butter of the show. The reasoning behind not making this particular film a part of the mythology was to try not to alienate people who didn't know the show…I don't think they thought they could just count on people knowing enough about it to want to come and see. They really had to think, "How do we make a movie that stands alone, where you don't need to know too much to enjoy it?" The first way to alienate people is to put aliens in it. Then they're gonna think, "Oh, I gotta know stuff; I've gotta study." But I think what we realized from the performance of this movie, which was disappointing to us, certainly…The positive thing that we learned was, first, don't open the week after Batman, and secondly, that the core audience is actually there. And if we had trouble, it was in reaching a new audience…But it was always the case that we'd go back and do some alien stuff, and I think that the performance of this movie showed that we still have a core audience that's interested in that story.

IGN: If you did go back to the mythology, especially in light of the alien envasion plotline, do you ever fear that it might give way too much to hardcore science-fiction, or do you think it's possible to still keep the smaller, conspiratorial nature of the show?

DUCHOVNY: I think that there's certainly ways for Chris and Frank to figure that out. That might be the fun problem, the limitation set on the next idea, which is always a drag at first but actually provides a spurt of creativity. The real problem will be competing ideas that have been influence by X-Files. Everybody's gonna want a 2012 alien movie!

IGN: Can you talk a bit about the future of Californication? It's such an intimate show that I would imagine it's difficult to find new situations and circumstances to keep the characters fresh, especially with the on-again-off-again relationship between Hank and Karen. Any hints about where the show is headed in its next season?

DUCHOVNY: I don't know! Tom Kapinos, who is solely the driving story-force, would have just started writing yesterday. I know he has some ideas that he hasn't shared with me about where it's gonna go. I've always said, "This is where I want it to end." That's why the first season ended where it did. The nature of cable, you don't know whether you're picked up until long after you stop. And both Tom and I are attached to an ending that we had at the same time, very synchronistic. The first season ended with the happy ending because we didn't know. Every season has to be the last, which is unfortunate, but I have no clue what the next year will be like. But you'll have some clue after the last episode. I wouldn't tell you if I knew, but thankfully, I don't know!


Duchovny Still Believes In X-Files

The X-Files: I Want To Believe didn't do blockbuster box office, but star David Duchovny still wants to revisit the role of former FBI agent Fox Mulder, whom he refers to as "mine." He adds that he wants to believe that The X-Files could live on in a spinoff TV series.

The movie--the second based on the long-running Fox TV series--is out now on DVD, and it is hoped it finds the audience that eluded it in movie theaters over the summer.

That includes Duchovny himself, who confessed that he never saw the film on a big screen. "It's not a special-effects movie," he says. "It kind of was coming out in a time when you expected it to be--in the summer. To me, it was more a fall movie."

Duchovny adds: "It's a beautiful-looking movie. The location, the glow of the snow and the eeriness of that part of it, I think that looks great on the big screen. Everything looks better on the big screen, but I think that, yeah, it's less of a popcorn movie than it is a fall movie, ... for lack of a better term."

Duchovny, who is undeniably an SF icon, says that he's not looking for any more fantastical roles. "I don't feel a need to score in any sci-fi movie or television show for the rest of my life," he says. "I think that we can check that one off for me. But I don't choose genres. I choose characters, so I would never rule out a science fiction movie just because it was the genre. If it had a character or a story that I thought was really interesting, I would do it."

As for The X-Files, Duchovny says, "I never thought of The X-Files as science fiction. I always thought of it as playing this character in this world. The world was recognizable to me. It wasn't The Jetsons. It was present time. You couldn't fly. You couldn't transport our bodies over a teleport and all that stuff, so it was the real world, and it didn't feel like sci-fi to me." Following is an edited version of the rest of SCI FI Wire's interview with Duchovny.

Do you suppose that the Fox Mulder character could somehow endure along the lines of a Sherlock Holmes or a James Bond? Do you think that other actors could play him, and how would you like to see him go in the future?

Duchovny: I'm sure that someone else could play him, but I'd like to play him for a little while longer. I certainly think it's a pretty good idea to try to make another X-Files-oriented show on television. I wouldn't be an actor in it, but I've always thought it was a great plan, but I would like to continue on as a movie serial. As far as what actors? ... I'm not ready to go out to pasture just yet.

What is it about Mulder that keeps you coming back?

Duchovny: He's mine. I feel protective of him and of it and of all of us. It was the first real, real success of my career and will always be a cornerstone of my life in many ways, the creative endeavor it is. I feel protective of the character and of the show in many ways, and I'm proud of it. I think that it can expand and grow, and .. I find that we have bonds.

I guess Indiana Jones gets aged, but it remains the same movie even though he's aging. Bond doesn't age, and I find that a little less interesting, at least for me. I'm not just saying this because I would like to keep doing it, but I always to talk to [X-Files creator] Chris [Carter] about how fascinating today it would be to take this guy from his early 30s and let's take him into his mid-50s, late-50s. Maybe nobody wants to see 60-year-old Fox Mulder, but we can grow him. We can take him through life's hardships and changes. It doesn't have to be this cartoon where nothing changes. You can actually form the flow of this movie and the expanse of this show to embrace actual passage of time and what that does to a person and relationships. To me, that's interesting as an actor and as a person. As an intellectually based character, you don't give a damn what he looks like.

Since The X-Files: I Want to Believe may not have been the huge blockbuster that everyone was hoping for, we'd like to know: What is your own measure of success for the movie?

Duchovny: I guess it's always the first time I see the movie. What's my feeling when I come out? I always felt like the subject matter of this particular movie was limiting. It was dark, and it wasn't going. I mean, it could always bust out and become something huge, but as you recall, Batman was just suffocating everything at the time. Even so, it was also a $29.9 million dollar movie competing during the summer. It had some stuff going against it in terms of me thinking it was going to break out. I didn't think that it actually would. It was very dark. The subject matter was limiting in that way. Even though I would hope any movie I do would do the best business it can, that was never going to be a measure of this particular film.

I've only seen it one time, and I was sitting in Chris' editing room. I watched it on a little screen. I guess I missed the chance to see it on the big screen, and that's too bad, but when I left that initial screening at Chris' house, the film was pretty much almost done except for some special effects. I just felt like it was really strong and kind of a strangely moving piece of work. Still dark, and still I thought limited, but the way that the movie performed did not surprise me so much, and I think that if we do get a chance to do another one, ... what I always really liked about the show was that it had a dark vision, but at the heart of it being driven by Mulder was this real optimism or wonder or sense of belief, and then it would kind of open out. Most of the best shows that we did would open out into real wonder at the end if only because you didn't have an answer, which was the mystery of it, but the wonder.

Mulder's quest, to me, is a very positive one. If we get a chance to do another one, I think because in this movie Mulder kept getting reinvigorated, so Mulder was in a down place for much of this film, he wasn't driving the way he drives, the way he drove everything before that. In a way, the nature of how we had to get back into the show, which was to take the guy out of his job, also deprived the movie of some optimism and wonder and enlightenment that occurs when you've got this unhinged guy trying to prove wonderful crazy things.


December 02, 2008

Some news about "Gabrielle Union Project"

Frank Spotnitz responded about the "Gabrielle Union Project" in his blog:

"I'm still working on the script, so no more news as yet."


November 28, 2008

Frank Spotnitz Wants to Believe in the Future of 'X-Files'


On December 2nd Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing The X-Files: I Want to Believe on both DVD and Blu-ray. To help promote the release we chatted with writer-producer Frank Spotnitz who reveals his plans for another X-FILES, if 20th Century Fox were to ever give the go to another sequel. Beyond the break you can read all about his thoughts on the box office and what his plans are for the future.

Frank Spotnitz explains how they were pretty disappointed with the box officie numbers when X-FILES hit theaters this past July.

"We were all a bit disappointed, we had some indication that we were in for a rough time when THE DARK KNIGHT started to become the phenomenon that it is, and breaking records. THE DARK KNIGHT is a history making film at the box office, and we came out with our little dark film a week after. It was disappointing to be sure. But the film made something like 20 million domestically and close to 50 million overseas. That is very telling about what is happening in the domestic marketplace."

Even though the film didn't do all too well in theaters, Spotnitz explains that another sequel may very well happen.

"I think there very well could be more in the future," he reveals to Bloody-Disgusting. "The studio has not indicated another one yet, but there certainly is an audience for it. I think what happened this past summer was a function of bad luck and bad timing with the release. These movies cost a lot of money, not just to make but to market them as well. When the studio looks at the sales of the DVD that’s when they will really decide to see if its worth risking. There is still a lot of love with 20th Century Fox, as well as with the fans."

If a sequel were to happen, Spotnitz explains that he'd like the story to revolve around "Alien Colonization".

"If we were to do one more movie, I think it pretty obviously would have to deal with Alien Colonization." He continues, "In the series we say its coming in 2012, I honestly think that that is the movie that the fans are most eager to see. Hat would be the one I would want to make. For me I think its pretty integral to the series to make tell that story. With I WANT TO BELIEVE, we were un-teathered by the TV show, we could tell any story we want. If you are a fan of the show, you know that about 80% of the stories do NOT have anything to do with aliens; they were stand alone scary stories. This movie was more about the relationship between Mulder and Scully, and not so much about the X-File."

Spotnitz talked a bit about whether or not David Duchovny, Gillian Anderso would return.

"It was one of the best experiences that we all had with the X-FILES. When we did the TV show it was hard work and crazy deadlines, and what was nice this time coming back years after the fact, was the sense of appreciation for each other and the characters. It was really a joy in many ways, as difficult as it was to deal with the cold. Both David and Gillian have gone on to do very different work since leaving the X-FILES, but I think Mulder and Scully will always hold a special place in their hearts. If another one does not happen, we are all pretty proud of what we have done and content with this film".

So what's next?

"The X-FILES is really so many different genres, it’s never been just one type of story. It’s sci-fi, its suspense fiction, it’s horror, it’s romance, it’s comedy, it’s murder mystery. For me its what I love about the show. If it were up to me I think that X-FILES could go on forever if there was an audience for it. Right now I have a couple of TV projects that I cant talk about yet, but hopefully you will be seeing something from me in 2009. One of them definetly has a science fiction component, and the other is more thriller. Horror for me has so many subgenres; Its SAW and FRIDAY THE 13th and THE EXORCIST. If I found a thought provoking horror story I would be all over it! We did some truly horrific and grotesque episodes with the X Files, It takes a lot to scare me at this point, my reaction is to laugh. It’s like I am delighted the more horrifying it is."

X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE arrives on DVD and Blu-ray December 2nd.

November 27, 2008

Frank Spotnitz set new drama

NBC is developing a procedural drama from scribe Frank Spotnitz that's set to star thesp Gabrielle Union.

Drama surrounds a detective (to be played by Union) who must race to save someone's life before it's too late.

Spotnitz and Union collaborated on the idea. Project will be produced through Universal Media Studios.

Project is also a reunion for the duo: Union starred in ABC's short-lived reworking of the classic series "Night Stalker," which Spotnitz exec produced during the 2005-06 TV season.

Spotnitz's credits include "The X-Files," as well as ABC Family's recent mini "Samurai Girl." He also served as an exec producer on "Robbery Homicide Division," "Harsh Realm" and "X-Files" spinoff "The Lone Gunmen."

Union most recently starred in the features "Meet Dave" and "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls." Thesp is best known for her starring turn in "Bring It On."

On the smallscreen, Union recurred last season on "Ugly Betty." She also starred on "City of Angels" and regularly appeared on "7th Heaven."

Source: Daily Variety

November 20, 2008

Frank Spotnitz Podcast Interview

Download and listen new Frank Spotnitz's interview for

Also mentioned in this podcast: Dr. Robert J. White (whose controversial research into radical transplantation surgery inspired I Want to Believe) and the classic 1976 film Network (particularly Ned Beatty’s powerful “You have meddled with the primal forces of nature” speech).


November 19, 2008

Wildstorm to publish “The X-Files #4″

Scully and Mulder are the targets of a killer from the Tong Underworld who is about to reignite a centuries-old gang war. If Mulder and Scully can’t figure out how this devious criminal can be in multiple places at the same time, San Francisco will erupt in a bloodbath!

Written by Marv Wolfman; Art by Brian Denham; Cover by Jim Daly and Tim Bradstreet. 32pg. - Color - $3.50 US - On Sale February 18, 2009


November 18, 2008

Frank Spotnitz Wants to Bring Back the Aliens in The X-Files 3!

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I just got off the phone with writer-producer Frank Spotnitz, who was promoting the upcoming X-Files: I Want to Believe, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on December 2. I also had to ask him about the possibility of a third film in this popular series. Here's what he had to say about what would likely be the last film in the series.

So, there have already been whisperings about a third film from Fox. Is there anything you can tell us about that?

Frank Spotnitz: Well, yeah. I think we'd all like to to it. The studio has not said yes or no. I think the box office, unfortunately, we got creamed in the theaters by The Dark Knight. I don't think anybody could've anticipated that was going to be such a huge, historic phenomenon. To be a dark scary movie coming out the week after The Dark Knight was not the best timing. I think there's life in the franchise still. I think these are great characters. There's a date that looms very important in X-Files mythology, which is December 2012. I think after the DVD comes out, the studio will decide whether they want to roll the dice on another X-Files feature.

Are you and Chris (Carter) already hatching up ideas for that?

Frank Spotnitz: Yeah. I mean, if we were to make one more feature, I think we would definitely have to deal with alien colonization. I honestly think that's the movie that most non-hardcore X-Files fans, as well as a lot of hardcore X-Files fans are dying to see. Obviously, I think Chris has had ideas about that from the very beginning when he dreamt up this show, 16 years ago.

So do you think if this goes through, it will be the definite, final closure film? The end of the whole series?

Frank Spotnitz: I would think so. It certainly would be designed to be the period on the sentence.

You can read my full interview with Spotnitz in the near future, as we get closer to X-Files: I Want to Believe's December 2 release date.

Source: Brian Gallagher

October 28, 2008

Annabeth Gish Has a Boy!

Annabeth Gish (Monica Reyes in The X-Files) and husband Wade Allen welcomed their second child, son Enzo Edward Allen.

Enzo was born Saturday night in Rhode Island and weighed 7 lbs.

The couple also have 21-month-old son Cash.


Congratulations to Annabeth and Wade! :)

October 26, 2008

X-Files comic book issue #3

Mulder and Scully are sent to San Francisco to investigate a series of murders happening simultaneously throughout the city. But, according to fingerprints and DNA, all are being perpetrated by the same killer. As their investigation takes them into the unknown mysteries of the Chinese underworld, they learn that instead of being the hunters, they have become the hunted.

Written by Marv Wolfman; Art by Brian Denham; Cover by Jim Daly and Tim Bradstreet. 32pg. - Color - $3.50 US - On Sale January 21, 2009

Source: Weekly Comic Book Review

October 23, 2008

Frank Spotnitz talks about new X-Files comics!

X-Files comic books — in the ’90s, four color tales of Agents Scully and Mulder heated up the comics charts and nabbed scores of cash on the back issue market before the comics industry and publisher, Topps, took a turn for the worse…along with the whole “X-Files” franchise (check out Kurt Loder’s visit to the “X-Files” set here). Now in November, DC’s Wildstorm imprint looks to reignite the series’ comic popularity with a miniseries featuring something the ’90s comics never had: a direct tie to the show’s overarching mythos.

“They are connected with a part of the mythology that we introduced but did very little with at the beginning of season five,” said writer Frank Spotnitz, a longtime scribe for the series and co-writer of July’s “I Want To Believe” film. “We introduced this corporation Roush and so that was part of the mythology that we could have gone a lot deeper with but never got the chance. So the next two books connect with Roush. And I’m going to take a little break from writing comics after this and get back to my screenwriting career, but at some point I hope to get back to write more and do more with the mythology.”

But while Spotnitz’s direct exploration of the show’s most successful period will only last a few months, the series will continue for five issues after that, presenting new stories of Scully and Mulder in classic form mixing it up with FBI Deputy Director Skinner, conspiracy nuts The Lone Gunman and the villainous Cigarette Smoking Man, all of whom appear in upcoming issues.

“It’s just fun to play with again,” he explained. “This is kind of an interesting thing about the comic books – in my imagination anyway – [it's] that they’re sort of ‘out of time.’ The situation is the situation that we found between seasons two and five of the series. And yet, they’re wearing clothes and using technology that is contemporary of today. It’s not like they’re period pieces. It’s sort of like they’re unstuck from time. I look at them as if that situation in ‘The X-Files’ were still going on today; a sort of parallel universe to the one that we have in the movie.”

With that last movie underperforming at the box office this summer, long time X-Philes will be glad to know that the creator’s plans for future comics series will continue to play in the show’s glory years with new stories focusing on various mythological elements not fully developed in the show. And if Spotnitz has his way, those tales will be penned by both past “X-Files” writers as well as some of his big name comic writing pals, including Brad Meltzer and Brian K Vaughan.

“We have some writers from the TV series who have expressed interest like John Shiban and David Amann, but they all have busy television careers. But in the meantime I’d love to see some other established comic book writers try their hand at the ‘X-Files.’ And that’s what’s great about comic book series is you’re a lot freer to explore and experiment and do things that are out there.”

And if readers get behind the expanded in-continuity comics treatment “X-Files” is getting, Spotnitz doesn’t rule out more series based on his friend Chris Carter’s universe of TV series. “I think it’s a great idea; I still love all those titles. Every single show we did with Chris at 1013 I have great affection for. Especially ‘Harsh Realm’ and ‘Lone Gunman’ I think ended before their time. And I have to tell you, everywhere I go people are always asking me if there’s going to be a ‘Millennium’ movie or something, so I suspect there’s a hardcore audience out there that’s still wanting it.”


October 22, 2008

Fencewalker news!

In her recent podcast interview for Natalie Dormer (Anne Boleyn in "The Tudors") talks about her role in Chris Carter's "Fencewalker."

Natalie said that she just finished filming in this Chris Carter's auto-financed / independent film. It was a passion project for a lot of the people involved, including her. Natalie just thought it was a great script. She plays a character named Yasnie, who's kind of a black sheep.

Listen full interview here.

Thanks to Laurent for the news! :)

And according to, Derek Magyar's character name is Viggo Vanderwall.

October 21, 2008

Gillian Anderson Welcomes a Son

X-Files star Gillian Anderson and boyfriend Mark Griffiths are parents of a baby boy, the actress's rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Felix Griffiths, weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz., was born Oct. 15 in London, says rep Kelly Bush.

Felix is the second child for Anderson, 40, with Griffiths, joining their 1-year-old son Oscar. Anderson also has a 13-year-old daughter, Piper, from a previous marriage.


Congratulations to Gillian and Mark!

October 17, 2008

FTF+IWTB Blu-ray cover art has unveiled the cover art for The X-Files: Fight the Future & The X-Files: I Want to Believe Blu-ray release. It looks very cool.

FTF+ IWTB Blu-ray will be released on December 2nd.

Interview with X-Files comic illustrator Brian Denham posted a very interesting interview with X-Files comic book illustrator Brian Denham!

Read it here.

Brian talks about his favorite episodes, who he loves to draw, and which X-Files moment he’d like to recreate on paper.

October 16, 2008

XF3: Maybe there's hope

FOX chairman Tom Rothman told IESB that, despite the lackluster performance of the X-Files: I Want to Believe, there's still the possibility of another movie - and he's leaving it up to the cast and crew as to whether they'd like to see that happen.

‘'It's really up to Chris [Carter], David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson]", Rothman tells the site.

And this is Frank Spotnitz's response to Rothman's words:

"I was encouraged to read Tom Rothman's remarks as well. I anticipated the studio would wait until after the release of the DVD to make any decision regarding a third movie, but I will let you know if we end up having any news before then."


October 13, 2008

October 08, 2008

Rumor has it

There are rumours that Chris Carter is working on developing a new TV-series. No details on what the series is about but it might be on the lines of drama/horror. And nothing like "X-Files" or "Millennium."

Thanks to HighPlainsDrifter from TIWWA for the news!

Last month Gabe Rotter, Carter's assistant and Director of Development for Ten Thirteen Productions, told that "we're working on developing several interesting projects right now... I can't talk about any of them."

Stay tuned!

P.S. New Carter's show?!?! YAY!!! Finally!!! :)

September 28, 2008

Frank Spotnitz's Exclusive Interview About "Millennium"

Exclusive Interview With Millennium Co-Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz

On October the 4th cult television series Millenniun comes to Zone Horror. This terrifying drama series horror in its purest form with a leading man that really knows how to make the skin on your neck crawl, Lance Henriksen. Here we speak exclusively to Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz about his involvement with a series that changed TV drama forever.

Zone Horror: Is it true you began your working life as a journalist?

Frank Spotnitz: Yes. I was editor of my college paper at UCLA, then went to work for United Press International, first in Indiana, then in New York City. I later wrote for the Associated Press in Paris and freelanced for a number of magazines, including Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone.

ZH: How did you get into television work?

FS: I decided I didn’t want to be a journalist anymore! I moved back to Los Angeles from Paris so I could study screenwriting at the American Film Institute. The X-Files was my first job in Hollywood.

ZH: When did you first meet Chris Carter?

FS: By chance. I met Chris in a book group shortly after I moved back to L.A. This was years before he created The X-Files.

ZH: How did you become involved with Millennium and can your recall your reaction when you first heard the basic outline for the series?

FS: I was very flattered that Chris asked me to work on Millennium as well as The X-Files – flattered and, in short order, exhausted! It was very tough doing double duty on the first season of Millennium and the fourth season of The X-Files. I remember that I only vaguely understood what Millennium was going to be about before Chris let me read the pilot script. I read it on the laptop computer in his office right after he finished it. I was, quite simply, blown away. I still think that pilot is among the very best things he’s ever written.

ZH: Is it true Lance was the first choice for Frank Black? If not who else was considered? (Personally I can’t think of anyone else who could bring his quiet intensity to the role)

FS: Yes, Lance was Chris’ first choice. There were other actors considered for the role, but I don’t want to risk making them uncomfortable by giving their names.

ZH: What was it like to work with Lance Henriksen and Megan Gallagher, two very different actors?

FS: It was great, although I have to say I didn’t really work “with” them very much. On Millennium, nearly all of my work was done in Los Angeles — breaking stories, writing scripts, editing episodes and so on. Occasionally, I’d fly up to Vancouver to help prep an episode, but usually I’d only see Lance and Megan when they were in Los Angeles (or during crew parties!).

ZH: The two leads brought so much depth to their respected roles, which other actors that appeared on the show stand out for you?

FS: Terry O’Quinn was, of course, amazing, just as he now is on Lost. I also thought Birttany Tiplady was an astonishing little actress, Sarah-Jane Redmond was fantastic, as always, and Klea Scott is one of my all-time favourite actors, period. There were too many wonderful guest stars for me to mention.

ZH: As Millennium was based totally in the real world how did you approach writing your episodes, as they were far different to what you were creating for The X-Files?

FS: It was very easy for me to get in touch with my fears on Millennium, because the things that scare me most are things that can happen in the real world. The challenge for me was finding interesting ways to involve Frank’s family in the stories. And I was also always looking for ways to find hope amid all the darkness. The things I would say The X-Files and Millennium had in common were our focus on tight plotting, and wanting to find interesting reasons for why the bad guys were doing what they were doing.

ZH: Why do you think the series has continued to generate interest and debate with the viewing public?

FS: I think it’s because it was very intense and uncompromising. That turned off some viewers, but the people who liked the show, really liked it. I remember the earliest meetings with the network concerned how dark the show was. They kept asking us to lighten up, to find more humour. But Chris had a vision for the series, and it was pretty intense. I also think the show touched on something fundamental about life – the split between the darkness of Frank’s work, and the lightness of his family and home life. Frank struggled to protect his family from the darkness – of the killers he hunted, and inside himself. That’s a very powerful idea to me, and I think it resonates with a lot of other people, too.

ZH: I know some critics disliked the show for its violent content but do you agree it needed to show the horrors of real life in such a graphic manner?

FS: I think there’s an even greater danger when you sanitize violence, or make it less disturbing in some way. I think the most responsible way to depict violence is to make it horrific, because that’s what it is in real life.

ZH: Do you have a favourite episode of Millennium?

FS: The Pilot episode and Lamentation. Among the ones I wrote, Sacrament.

ZH: There’s a legion of fans waiting the return of Frank Black, is there any chance?

FS: I’d say a small chance, getting smaller every year. We’d still love to revisit the character, but at this point I think someone would have to light a pretty big fire under the Fox executives to make it happen.

ZH: Congratulations on The X-Files – I Want To Believe, an intelligent and refreshing break from predictable CGI drenched blockbusters. Can we expect more?

FS: It’s too soon to say.

ZH: What other projects are you working on at the moment?

FS: I have a couple things in the works I’m very excited about, but the deals aren’t done, so I can’t announce them yet. Soon, hopefully!

ZH: Frank Spotnitz, thank you very much.


September 23, 2008

Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad Wins 2 Emmys Including Best Actor for Bryan Cranston

Vince Gilligan's show Breaking Bad won a second Emmy and it was a major one at that. Bryan Cranston walked away with the statuette for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series beating out James Spader (Boston Legal), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House), Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men).

Said Bryan Cranston upon picking up his equally bald statuette, "I guess the restraining order has been lifted," in reference to his first Emmy win after two past nominations.

At last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys Breaking Bad took home its first Emmy when Lynne Willingham won for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series.

Congrats to Vince, Bryan and Lynne!

Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan Discusses the Emmys and Season 2

Creator Vince Gilligan talks about his Emmy nomination and the process of creating storylines for Season 2.

Q: Congratulations on your Emmy nomination. Were you surprised to get nominated for directing as opposed to writing?

A: Well, I was just surprised to get one at all, and very honored to get one in the directing category. But I'm much newer at directing than I am at writing. I'm very proud of our show -- it's a very different television series, but on the other hand, it's relatively new and we only have the seven episodes for people to see. A show like ours is a dangerous show to do, and there are a hundred ways it could fail.

Q: Now that the fear of failure has passed, have you been able to think about the bigger story for upcoming episodes?

A: I try to be a big picture thinker and think ahead, but I find it harder and harder to do that. We're halfway through Season 2, deep in the forest without a compass or a road map, and I can't see anything but the trees. So we just take it one day at a time. In the beginning my writers and I spent the first three weeks just sitting around and talking about the big picture. We came up with some very interesting ideas that we are incorporating into the season, but for now we really are just lost in that forest and striving in a purposeful direction.

Q: How did a foreshortened Season 1 affect your plan for Season 2?

A: That worked out in our favor; it's nice to be able to see the silver lining on that gray cloud. Last season we shot all of our episodes before we ever went on the air, and when that happens you're working in a vacuum in terms of viewer feedback. I wanted to make sure the show was interesting, though, so I was trying to err on the side of having too much plot. If we had gotten to do our last two episodes, we would have had to commit to some very major plot twists that we can now put off until the end of the second season...The strike was a terrible thing for many obvious reasons, but in this one case it kept us from going too far too soon.

Q: Will you be directing more episodes this season?

A: I'd sure like to. I love being on the set because our crew is a wonderful bunch of people, and it's just fun joking around and hanging out -- and we have great craft service. The craft service person is always coming around with really wonderful smoothies. You're just sitting in your chair and someone comes up and hands you a delicious smoothie. It's very pleasant and exciting, and hands down it beats sitting in a room beating your head against a desk trying to figure out what to write next. I'm hoping very much that I'll get to direct the last episode of the season.


Breaking Bad: Q&A with Lynne Willingham (X-Files and Breaking Bad editor)

Editor Lynne Willingham talks with about her Emmy nomination for Breaking Bad's first episode and the brutal beating that just had to be the finale.

Q: How did you get involved with Breaking Bad?

A: Vince Gilligan and I had worked together on The X-Files for five years, and I was lucky enough to do a couple of things he had directed. We just had a really nice working relationship -- if you're lucky to have a relationship with a director when you're an editor you have a shorthand and it makes things all that much quicker. You're not learning each other, you can get into their head with them, and take it one step further and create a project together. Vince is so good that if you're lucky enough to get a call from him, you make it work.

Q: What in your mind makes the Breaking Bad pilot unique?

A: It's got so many different elements, the first of which is a beautiful story of a man whose world is falling apart. But also in the story you've got drama, you've got comedy, you've got pain, you've got happiness, you've got action. There are a lot of television shows where you can go, oh that's an action-drama or that's a sitcom, but with a show like Breaking Bad it's just covering so much area of emotion and experience you can't pigeon-hole it. And I think when you've got so much going on, then as an editor you're able to show a lot of different things. It's one of those golden moments that clicks, and you're just lucky to be there for it.

Q: Was there any aspect to the show that you found particularly challenging?

A: The X-Files was a great training ground for being able to get a lot of experience across the board. And Breaking Bad was such a labor of love that I didn't find any of it overwhelming. It just was fun. I'm sure much of it was challenging, but it's like when you give birth to a child and you know went through something that was pretty painful, but you never remember it because the outcome was so beautiful. All of it was just a joy.

Q: What's your favorite moment in the first episode?

A: I love the opening. I love the teaser. I think it just rocks. I love how it was written, I love that the pants fly into the scene and we're off. It's like, what the heck is going on here? I think that teaser's my favorite scene of the whole show. I also love Jesse falling off the roof.

Q: The last episode of the first season was not meant to be a finale. Is there anything you had to do with your editing to make it feel more final?

A: To be honest, it had very little to do with editing. They figured it out before they started shooting that we would be two episodes short. That said, I think the emotional impact of the beating became an editing thing. Vince knew what he wanted, he knew he needed it to be violent, and to put Walt and Jesse into a place where they felt totally out of their element. So in editing we asked, how do we make that beating so horrific that we realize these guys have stepped into hell? That helped build us up to a cliffhanger.

Q: This is your second Emmy nomination. Your first was for an episode of The X-Files called "The Post-Modern Prometheus." How do the two compare?

A: I just think they were unique, well-written, and well-acted. When you're lucky enough to have a show that's recognized, the show has to be outstanding on a lot of levels. Film is very rhythmic, the way people talk is rhythmic, so the editing has a lot to do with pacing: Do I cut to this person or stay on another? What does an audience want to see? The overall effect is the editing should disappear, and you should be happy to be in the story. And in both of those episodes I think that happened, and that's what made them noteworthy. The editing didn't get in the way.


September 16, 2008

IWTB Blu-ray and DVD News

X-Files Marks Fox's First BD Live Title

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will become the latest studio to harness BD Live technology on its Blu-ray Disc releases with The X-Files: I Want to Believe, coming Dec. 2.

Viewers who slip the disc into a next-generation Blu-ray Disc player connected to the Internet will be able to enjoy several interactive, Web-enabled features.

Their point of entry is “The X-Files Dossier.” There, BD Live-connected viewers can create their own special-agent avatar who can browse through Agent Dakota Whitney’s case files on clairvoyance and post his own notes and theories about her files online.

Fans also can help Agent Drummy solve several forensic challenges, with new cases posted weekly to the studio’s BD Live Web portal for the first several weeks of release.

“Releasing The X-Files: I Want To Believe as our first BD Live release was a natural,” said Mary Daily, EVP of North American marketing for 20th Century Fox. “One of the most compelling elements of the ‘X-Files’ franchise is how the mythology inspires fans to create and share their own theories about the characters and storylines. The extras on this release take full advantage of the BD Live technology and bring that interactive experience to a level never before possible.”

Other exclusive extras on the Blu-ray Disc edition of The X-Files: I Want to Believe include an interactive timeline featuring more than 80 video clip segments from the franchise’s archives, and a picture-in-picture commentary with director Chris Carter and cowriter Frank Spotnitz.

In addition to the Blu-ray Disc, Fox is releasing the film — which generated $20.8 million in U.S. theaters — as a single-disc DVD and a three-disc special-edition DVD. All versions come with a digital copy of the film, playable on iPods and other portable movie-viewing devices.


X-Files Comic Book News

Wildstorm to publish The X-Files #2

Mulder and Scully race to uncover the truth about the apparent suicide of a government scientist. All evidence points to it being nothing more than a case of one man choosing to end his own life, but Mulder is convinced the evidence isn’t revealing everything. For Agent Fox Mulder, uncovering the truth is literally a case of life or death.

From show writer Frank Spotnitz, art by Brian Denham, cover by Tony Shasteen. 32pg. - Color - $3.50 US - On Sale December 17, 2008

See cover on the left.


September 06, 2008

The date is set

According to, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" DVD will be released on December 2, 2008. You can pre-order it now at Amazon.

September 05, 2008

Chris Carter Talks Santa Barbara, Surfing, and Fencewalker

From The Santa Barbara Independent:

X-Files Creator Not Spooky

Chris Carter Talks Santa Barbara, Surfing, and the Future

Thursday, September 4, 2008
By Drew Mackie

For those who followed The X-Files close enough to think that the people working behind the scenes were as heroic as the show’s mystery-solving, ghost-chasing, alien-spotting protagonists, the notion that series creator Chris Carter is actually a seemingly normal and not especially creepy guy is not news. Countless interviews mention this fact, as if the show’s dark tone must necessarily mean that Carter himself should be brooding and sinister. (It’s an odd association, when you think about it. Should the creators of Murder, She Wrote have been especially homicidal? Should the creators of Dallas have been especially oily?)

What X-Files fans who have occasion to read The Independent may not know, however, is that Carter happens to be a rather nice, remarkably un-spooky man who has resided in Santa Barbara for more than 20 years. That, even to this X-Files buff, seemed surprising. Sure, quite a few Hollywood notables call the Santa Barbara area home. But to hear that Carter had lived here part-time for so long struck me as odd if only because the sunny afternoons and blue waves so often associated with Santa Barbara never appeared on The X-Files.

“My wife and I came here over 20 years ago, and we’re here for all the obvious reasons: That it’s a beautiful place and that it’s away from the business that either of us trafficked in,” he explained before adding, “And, certainly, surfing was a big draw.”

That’s another part of Carter’s life that never cropped up in The X-Files. Carter—a native of Bellflower, California, who finished his journalism major at Cal State Long Beach 1979 and began writing for Surfing magazine—is an avid surfer. Though some Mulder-as-Big Kahuna episode would surely have sent X-Files fans into spitting rages, it seems curious that surfing would have never figured into his work, especially considering how extensively the sport bleeds into the lives of some lifelong wave-riders.

“I’ve been asked to do surfing movies over the years and offered several opportunities,” Carter explained. “I just felt that if I were to do one, I’d have to do the perfect surfing movie. And I don’t know if that exists because surfing is such a personal thing. [Some surf movies] get wrapped up in contests or drama that is often beside the point.” He admitted, however, that he enjoyed John Milius’s Big Wednesday (which, incidentally, screens for free outside of the County Courthouse on September 17) as well as Jack Johnson and Chris Malloy’s Thicker Than Water.

“I think the good ones are the ones that sort of capture what I’d call the spirit of surfing,” Carter said. When asked if this sublime aspect could have edged into his work Carter seemed to nod toward the philosophically minded scripts he’s written for his various series, saying simply, “Maybe an appreciation for the more sublime aspects of surfing.”

As to whether he’ll ever incorporate his experience in Santa Barbara into his work—to his knowledge, he hasn’t yet—he offers only this: “It remains to be seen.” However, his current project is Fencewalker, a film reportedly shot around Los Angeles that marks a departure from his best-known work by virtue of its lack of any supernatural elements. Though some online sources claim that Fencewalker was filmed in part in Bellflower, Carter denies that the film will be autobiographical. “It’s a very personal project … We’re still working on it. But because I financed it myself, I have the ability to refine it,” he said.

Because Fencewalker’s future is uncertain, Carter was reluctant to discuss it at length. “I don’t know if it will ever see light of day, to be honest,” he said at one point. It reportedly will star rapper Xzibit, who played an FBI agent in this summer’s X-Files theatrical feature, I Want to Believe. Carter did, however, give some hint as to the film’s content. “It represents for me the reflection of the difficulty for a person … ” he said before trailing into a superficially unrelated thought that nonetheless probably has some bearing on the film. “I’m a big fan of Barack Obama. I think he carries a heavier burden and is held to a greater and higher standard than other candidates … I think there’s a large, large portion of this country that feels disenfranchised and marginalized by the political process.”

Carter also spoke frankly about I Want to Believe and its reception at the box office. As of the printing of this article, the film has grossed just over $60 million. Relative to this summer’s blockbusters, it didn’t exactly clean up, but Carter posited that such comparisons weren’t necessarily the most accurate. “We came out against The Dark Knight, which was made for $180 million, and [I Want to Believe] was made for about $30 million,” he said, noting that his film has already surpassed its costs. In Carter’s view, he intended for the film to have few special effects and instead keep in line with the heart of The X-Files: a well-written scary story that aims to be meaningful to both the characters and the audience.

Asked whether Mulder and Scully would once again live on-screen, chasing down all manner of monsters in the shadows, Carter said he hoped they would, depending on how the box office gods shine upon him. He also mentioned an after-the-credits scene in I Want to Believe that features a rowboat-paddling Mulder and a swimsuit-clad Scully, waving to any audience members who lingered in the theater. “We made the movie knowing full well this might be the last time,” he said, explaining that if this was the case, the last sight of the characters would be them waving goodbye.

Of course, no interview with Chris Carter should avoid the subject of general weirdness, normal-seeming though the man may be. When asked to name the strangest thing about Santa Barbara, Carter paused for a moment and then delivered a thoughtful answer befitting the man who created one of the most influential TV series ever: “Last summer, the Zaca Fire had been burning for six weeks or so and was right behind Montecito Peak. I looked at that as a huge threat but people seemed to be walking around like there wasn’t a fire back there. There seemed to be—and I say this in a fond way—a happiness here in Santa Barbara that exists in spite of the real threats of things like fire and off-shore drilling in this place I would call a paradise found.”

Whatever the future holds for Chris Carter, his fans can hope that he’ll continue to revel in all things odd—at least on screen. And those fans who live in Santa Barbara can be glad in knowing that he shares their affection for this city.

Will Carter ever turn his lens onto Santa Barbara? Would that be too weird? Maybe. And maybe that’s exactly what we want.

"Lost" Recruits Zuleikha Robinson

Zuleikha Robinson (Yves Adele Harlow in "The Lone Gunmen") has been tapped to play the pivotal role in the 5th Season of "Lost."

Robinson's deal calls for her to start off as a recurring player with an option to become a series regular in season 6 (a.k.a. the farewell season).

Robinson's character is called Ilana. Ilana is described as a European female who possesses great intelligence but who's also dangerous as all get out. She's alluring and apparently used to getting her own way.


September 04, 2008

Director Chris Carter Rewards Staffer's First Novel with Film Cameo

From Erin Fox's Blog:

Say your boss, director Chris Carter decides to give your first novel, your baby, a cameo inThe X-Files: I Want to Believe. What happens then? Tears? Gratitude? A slight bladder control issue? Nah! For Gabe Rotter, he felt nothing but thrilled and honored that his first novel, Duck Duck Wally, was given a moment to shine on the silver screen.

Jump the Shark wanted to meet the guy who had time to work 18-hour days and write a novel at the same time. Gabe was kind enough not only to discuss Duck Duck Wally – which is about a dorky Jewish guy who happens to get in a lot of trouble after becoming a ghostwriter for the biggest rap star in the world – but also to chat about working as Director of Development for Chris Carter’s 1013 Productions, his respect for avid X-Files fans, and what's next for this up-and-coming star.

Jump the Shark: How long have you worked for Chris Carter?
Gabe Rotter: I've worked for Chris for eight years. I went to work for him right out of college. I was a production assistant on The X-Files... I came on at the very end of Season 7 in the summer before Season 8.

Jump the Shark: How was it being a p.a. on that show?
Rotter: It was great – it was a great first experience. I was lucky, Chris is a great guy to work for – Chris and Frank (Spotnitz) really value hard work and I worked my ass off. I did everything as quickly and efficiently as possible and tried to show them that I wanted to be there... and it paid off. Then I became the writers' assistant on Season 9 of the show—

Jump the Shark: Was working with Frank Spotnitz in the writers' room awesome?
Rotter: He's an effin' genius... he's a remarkable person and to know him is to love him. And, for someone who hasn't been around him in a work capacity, they probably wouldn't realize how absolutely brilliant the man is.... And, he's the nicest guy in the world to boot.

Jump the Shark: What are your aspirations at 1013? Producing? Directing?
Rotter: I want to produce, and eventually I want to have my own show... create my own show.

Jump the Shark: Let's talk about the book that you wrote: Duck Duck Wally. Where did the inspiration for Wally Moscowitz (the protagonist) come from?
Rotter: It's embarrassing to say but the idea for a rap ghostwriter came from a lyric from a Diddy song (laughs) – you know, I like the hardcore gangster sh*t. He had a line in one of his songs a few years ago that said, "Don't worry, if I write rhymes, I write checks." And it got me thinking, "OK, who's writing these guys' rhymes, and wouldn't it be funny if it was, like, me? And, Wally Moscowitz came from that idea.

Jump the Shark: How did you publicize the book (before its cameo)?
Rotter: We had to get creative... we planted a rumor that the book was true, that I was a ghostwriter for rap and Gawker picked that up, and came to the book release party. We put fake missing dog posters all around L.A. with a million-dollar reward. It said, "My name is Wally Moscowitz and I've lost my dog, Dr. Schwartzman, and if you find him, please call me at..." and it was a Simon & Schuster number. You could leave a message if you wanted to win a copy of the book – which was really cool, because we got a lot of messages.

Jump the Shark: Duck Duck Wally: had a little cameo in The X-Files: I Want to Believe. It was featured on a table at Mulder and Scully's house and there was huge buzz about it on the fan sites. Did that help you sell a lot of books?
Rotter: I think so, but it's hard to track that. But I have also gotten a lot of Facebook and MySpace friend requests from X-Files fans.

Jump the Shark: What did you think about the new X-Files movie?
Rotter: I think it's a really smart, deep movie. It's different than anything that's being made right now.

Jump the Shark: Did you give the book to Chris to read? What did he think? Rotter: Yeah, I gave it to Chris and told him to read it at his leisure. He said he liked it.

Jump the Shark: Were you honored to have the book in The X-Files?:
Rotter: Yes! I was so excited about that; I couldn’t even believe it for a while.

Jump the Shark: Tell me about being a credited producer on Chris' new hush-hush movie, Fencewalker. How involved were you in the entire process?
Rotter: I was involved in the process from day one, and on the set everyday. Basically, myself and another producer prepped the movie while Chris was up shooting X-Files. And [Carter] kinda jumped into this right when he got back. I can't talk about it more than that (laughs).

Jump the Shark: Is there anything you're working on at 1013 that you can tell me about?
Rotter: We're working on developing several interesting projects right now... [and no] I can't talk about any of them.

Jump the Shark: [Curse you and your g-man-like secrecy!] Thank you so much for chatting with us today.
Rotter: Thank you!

For info on Duck Duck Wally, visit

Frank Spotnitz's new huge interview

Frank Spotnitz talks about "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" and new XF comic book series in his latest interview for Comic Book Resources. Read it here.

Chris Carter hospitalized for exhaustion

Chris Carter was hospitalized on Tuesday due to "physical exhaustion and an acute sleeping disorder," a source close to Carter tells The source says the hospitalization stems from Carter "working on multiple films back to back over a two year period" -- the recently released X-Files sequel and Fencewalker, a covert project he is rumored to have begun shooting earlier this year. He is expected to recover quickly.


Chris, get well soon! :)

August 30, 2008

"Fencewalker" news

Some news about "Fencewalker" -- Chris Carter's new secret project.

Variety reports that Sherry Stringfield ("ER") will next be seen in Chris Carter's "Fencewalker."

Ashley Cusato who plays in "Fencewalker" (and who attended Los Angeles premiere of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe") told in her recent interview that she had to sign non-disclosure agreements because Chris Carter is very tight-lipped about his project. According to Ashley, they just finished filming. She said that Chris Carter is wonderful to work with.

Darin Morgan joins "Fringe"

Darin Morgan, one of the best "The X-Files," "Millennium" and "Night Stalker" writers, joins new sci-fi show "Fringe" from "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams.

"We were looking for people who could bring different things to the show. We were very lucky to have Darin Morgan who was one of the signature X-Files writers," said Jeff Pinkner, executive producers of "Fringe" during this year's ComicCon.

Darin Morgan will be a senior writer of the new show. "Fringe" premiers September 9 on FOX.


August 24, 2008


Welcome to this new blog. I'm gonna post here latest news about new projects of Chris Carter's company Ten Thirteen and other 1013 alumni's projects. is a main site of this blog.