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X-Files 3 Movie News: Gillian Anderson Says Movie Won't Happen Until 2016, Will It Address 2012 Invasion Storyline?

By Tyler McCarthy | Jan 20, 2014 12:45 PM EST

Gillian Anderson
Former X-Files star Gillian Anderson discusses the future of the third film in the franchise and what the plot might cover. (Photo : Reuters)

The X-Files may be out of the pop-culture eye but it is by no means finished just yet. Last summer, series creator Chris Carter said that he was developing a script for a third movie in the franchise, based off of the hit science fiction series on Fox. Stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny were all interested in reuniting for the long-awaited third film.

In an interview with IGN, Anderson was able to sit down and discuss the project in-depth. During the interview, she indicated that she's still very open to the idea of returning to that world for a third film, but she feels at this time that it will not go into production in the near future.

"I'm sure it is being thought out," she said, when asked if discussions about the film had gone anywhere significant. "Looking at my schedule it's probably unlikely to happen before 2016, but that's the way things go."

Right now, Anderson is shooting her NBC midseason thriller "Crisis" in Chicago, set to debut this march. In addition, the actress is also being featured as a guest-star on another NBC series, Hannibal. So, when the actress describes her busy schedule, she's not lying and it could possibly cause the film to be pushed back two solid years.

Anderson said she has no clue as to exactly what the third film's plot will cover, however she did comment on the 2012 alien invasion plotline that had been running through the series saying that it might be "too late."

"I'm not sure people would be interested in that anymore," she said. "I don't know."

This could be true as the 2012 date has come and gone, obviously, but it is possible the film could be set in the very recent past and show a "what if" scenario having to do with an alien invasion or that the dates were wrong and the invasion was instead scheduled for sometime later than 2012.

In an interview with Empire back in August, the creator said that he felt it was very important to address the colonization in some way. "The date (which was December 22,2012 in the series) has passed, and that is something we wouldn't ignore," he explained. "For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology."

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