So, we only have one day left (unless you're going to the midnight showing tonight, which I am not because I am old and can't stay up that late anymore) before we all get to find out whether or not the X-Files movie is going to suck. For those of us who are hardcore fans, it's a bit of a sticky wicket. On the one hand, I've heard from an X-Phile friend "if it sucks or does badly in theaters, it serves them right for beating the show into the ground its last two years." On the other, I think, are the rest of us who really just want to see the franchise do well against everything else that's currently in theaters. (And I don't know if you've heard, but that Batman movie's doing pretty okay.)
CNN is reporting that 20th Century Fox finally released the long-awaited title to the upcoming X-Files sequel, and most fans are probably wondering just what the hell the hubbub wait was about. A follow-up to 1998's The X-Files, the movie will be known as The X-Files: I Want To Believe.
The long-awaited sequel had been floundering for months as The X-Files Untitled Sequel as creator/writer/director Chris Carter and Fox went back and forth over a title. Carter won the tug-of-war, saying "It's a story that involves the difficulties in mediating faith and science. 'I Want to Believe.' It really does suggest Mulder's struggle with his faith." Apparently Fox wanted to be sure the title was marketable before they signed off on it. Way to go, guys. One would think a title starting with The X-Files would be marketable enough, seeing as how the franchise has grossed Fox millions upon millions of dollars since it started as a TV show in 1993. The X-Files: I Want to Believe sounds more like a fan-created music video than a summer blockbuster, something set to an achy Sarah McLachlan song and showing every 'shippy moment between Mulder and Scully on an endless loop.
The 1998 movie which grossed over $80 million in the US alone, was officially titled only The X-Files, but had the undeniably more badass tagline "Fight the Future," which eventually stuck. The new flick's title is just asking for every version of "I Want to Believe This Movie Won't Suck" or "I Want to Believe We'll Break Even on This One" or "I Want to Believe the Show Ended in Season Seven" riffs than I really care to think about.
Carter, whose show gave paranoiacs a reason to turn it up a notch, is keeping the plot details under security so tight the Lone Gunmen couldn't hack it. Going so far as to only letting essential crew members read the script, and even then making them read it in a room that was under video surveillance. I want to believe it'll be worth it.