Fox Television has officially given a script-and-presentation order to an all-new spin-off of The X-Files. Entitled The X-Files: Albuquerque, this will be the first-ever animated installment in the long-running franchise, Variety has confirmed.
The X-Files: Albuquerque will take a more comedic tone than its predecessors. The titular X-Files refer to cases the FBI deems unsolvable due to their strange and paranormal nature. While the main series tackles the most dangerous and serious of these cases, The X-Files: Albuquerque is instead set to follow the ridiculous and comically unremarkable cases. A new set of eclectic and eccentric agents come together to investigate these, as opposed to The X-Files main characters Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny, Beethoven) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, Hannibal).
The original X-Files ran for 202 episodes over nine seasons from September 1993 to May 2002. Fox revived the series for a tenth season with six episodes in 2016, and a final eleventh season with ten episodes in 2018. The series also had two spin-offs: Millenium, which had 67 episodes over 3 seasons from October 1996 to May 1999, and The Lone Gunmen, which ran from March to June 2001 with 13 episodes.
The X-Files: Albuquerque will be written by Rocky Russo (Brickleberry) and Jeremy Sosenko (Dumb and Dumber To). The duo will also serve as executive producers alongside X-Files co-creator Chris Carter (Harsh Realm) and Gabe Rotter (The After).
The X-Files is available for streaming on Hulu.