As mentioned last month in the Moviefile, the new X-Files movie's subtitle is I Want To Believe. But don't be too quick to adopt that subtitle as your personal credo when it comes to how you approach rumors and speculation. In an interview posted at FilmBuffOnLine, X-Files film producer Frank Spotnitz is saying we shouldn't believe anything we read on the internet about the upcoming movie. He even spouts that old gem from the show: "Trust no one." Except, if we take Spotnitz's advice, we'd have to disbelieve what he's saying in this internet interview. So does that mean we should believe what we read on the internet? This is all getting more confusing than some of the franchise's plot lines.
What happened? You used to show up every week in my living room, and then, after a long, fading relationship, you disappeared. Then you showed up again -- this time on the big screen -- only to disappear in a matter of days. Were you in hiding, like a certain lanky former FBI agent whose name rhymes with "Box Culder"? Were you trying to slip away before anyone noticed you were back? If so, mission accomplished!
You may recall several months ago when we at The Moviefile reported on the upcoming X-Files film and noted that writer/director Chris Carter was keeping plot details from the film so tight that crew members were only allowed to read the script in a video-monitored room. Now Carter seems to be delving even deeper into life as a secret squirrel: he's keeping the fact that he's directing a new film entirely under wraps. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story today that Carter is already halfway through directing Fencewalker, a dark drama starring Natalie Dormer, Katie Cassidy (David Cassidy's daughter!) and Xzibit. The film, currently shooting in L.A., is rumored to be a coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical (the longest word I've typed in five years) character piece. THR also points out that the film has no supernatural elements, unless you count the director's paranoia. What it is he has to be paranoid about, I'm not sure.
So how do old franchises that haven't been in the limelight in years but have a new film coming out woo their old audiences back for one more shot at box office success? If you're the studio behind The X-Files, you throw one slam-bang, pretty seriously awesome premiere. 20th Century Fox is hosting what they're calling a Fan Celebration at the world premiere screening of The X-Files: I Want to Believe on July 23rd at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
I'm happy to report that this is not yet another celebrity-goes-to-rehab/gets-committed story -- just another bulletin from the casting couch. Will Ferrell has been attached to star in upcoming concept comedy 2-Face, a story about a racist man who, after a prank gone wrong, develops a split personality, with his new persona being that of a bleeding-heart liberal. [And not at all a story about a Gotham City District Attorney who is horribly burned by acid. - Zach]
Adorkable geek hero Seth Green was on the morning radio show Opie and Anthony this morning promoting the hell out of his Robot Chicken: Star Wars special. That's cool and all, but that's not what really grabbed my attention, since I'm still bitter about having to sit through like an hour of random Star Wars/Indiana Jones talk in a really hot auditorium at the New York Comic Con earlier this year just to hear Green and his partner-in-crime talk about the aforementioned special. What got me all excited was that Green mentioned that he'd just recorded commentary for the 10th anniversary edition of teen flick Can't Hardly Wait. I'm so excited that I'm going to bust out my best orthopedic-looking shoes just for the occasion. (I've got to thanks to my husband for the tip, since he apparently has time to listen to the radio in the morning.)