Q&A: X-Files' Chris Carter Talks Paranoia, Secrecy and the Element of Surprise


Chris Carter knows how to keep a secret.


The X-Files creator and his writing partner, Frank Spotnize, finished the script for The X-Files: I Want to Believe last November and raced into production over the winter. Along the way, Carter -- who produced and directed the film, opening Friday -- took extraordinary measures to maintain secrecy about his storyline, which catches up with Fox Mulder and Dana Scully six years after the iconic TV series' finale. All we know for sure at this point is Mulder and Scully are together again, searching for answers to a mystery that unfolds amid snowy terrain.


Wired.com got on the phone with Carter to find out about the surveillance cameras he installed on the movie set, his five-year hiatus from show business and the key to bringing stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson back together. He also discusses the real-life scene straight out of the X-Files when six Secret Service agents marched into his office on the 20th Century Fox lot. Paranoia lives!


Hear is a small porstion of the Conversation.......


Wired.com: I'm going to assume Mulder and Scully are both still alive at the end of this movie?


Carter: We wrote this movie imagining that it might be the last time we ever see Mulder and Scully, so we'd be happy if this were our swan song. We can't predict box office. If this movie does business, I'm sure that Fox would want to have a conversation with us.


Wired.com: And you'd be willing to take part in that conversation?


Carter: Sure!


Wired.com: If nobody spoils the plot twists and people go see The X Files: I Want to Believe this weekend having no idea what they're in for, what do you want the audience to experience?


Carter: I hope people feel we've deepened the relationship and that the mystery was satisfying ... and creepy.


To read up on the rest of the conversation, visit Secrecy and the Element of Surprise

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