The X-Files: Albuquerque animated comedy series scrapped by Fox

The animated comedy series The X-Files: Albuquerque, originally announced two years ago, has been scrapped by Fox

Two and a half years ago, we heard that Fox was developing an animated comedy series that would be set in the world of their popular series The X-Files, which originally ran for nine seasons, from 1993 to 2002. It was then revived for a tenth season in 2016 and an eleventh in 2018. Along the way, there were also two feature films and a short-lived spin-off called The Lone Gunmen. But now TV Line has been able to confirm that the animated comedy series, which was going to be called The X-Files: Albuquerque, is not going to happen. The project has been scrapped.

If The X-Files: Albuquerque had made it to the air, it would have introduced viewers to an office of misfit agents who investigate X-Files cases too wacky, ridiculous or downright dopey for Mulder and Scully to bother with. They’re essentially the X-Files’ B-team.

The pilot episode was written by Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko (Paradise PD), who were also going to executive produce the series alongside X-Files creator Chris Carter and X-Files writer Gabe Rotter. Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers) were going to be handling the animation.

In addition to finding out that The X-Files: Albuquerque isn’t happening, TV Line was also able to confirm that Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is indeed developing a reboot of The X-Files… and surprisingly, that project is not set up at Fox. They didn’t say which network or streaming service Coogler’s take on The X-Files will be calling home. Chris Carter is the one who first spilled the beans on the Coogler reboot, telling On the Coast, “We’re so steeped in conspiracies now. The X-Files dealt with a central conspiracy, but now the world is so full of conspiracies that I think it would be a different show. Actually, I just spoke to a young man, Ryan Coogler, who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast. So he’s got his work cut out for him, because we covered so much territory.

Are you disappointed to hear that The X-Files: Albuquerque has been scrapped? Would you have rather seen the animated comedy than a Coogler reboot? Share your thoughts on this news by leaving a comment below.

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