In March 2014, the FOX network announced that their classic series The X-Files would return in early 2015 as a six-episode miniseries. “The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning,” Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman explained at the time.
The words had an eerie similarity to those spoken by Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products, a year earlier when IDW Publishing announced a comic book continuation of The X-Files. “The fans of The X-Files have remained loyal to the series since its conclusion,” Godsick said. “What better way to continue the show’s legacy and give back to them than through new stories in a different medium. IDW has worked with a number of our Fox properties, and we know they’re going to do great things with these iconic characters.”
For the uninitiated, The X-Files—which aired on FOX for nine seasons, from 1993 until 2002, and spawned two major motion pictures—follows the exploits of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate a government conspiracy involving the existence of aliens and other supernatural phenomenon. Although the last “X-File” was the 2008 film I Want to Believe, fans have been hungry for new journeys into the paranormal since the series itself ended.