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X-Files finally returns to TV with animated series on FOX

Published: 28/Aug/2020 23:06 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 11:57

by Brent Koepp

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Popular 90s science fiction show the X-Files will live once again, returning as an animation called Albuquerque. On August 28, Fox announced their plans to bring the beloved series to a new medium.

The X-Files made its groundbreaking debut in 1993, and became an absolute cultural phenomena. Viewers around the world fell in love with FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they traveled the world investigating paranormal cases.

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While the original series ended in 2002, in 2016 the show was brought back for a revival season that lasted for two years. Fans wanting more are in luck as the franchise is being revived once again – this time in the form of an animated series.

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The sci-fi show was a massive hit in the 90s.

X-Files gets new life as animated series

On August 28, it was revealed that Fox Network is currently developing X-Files: Albuquerque. The new show is an animation that will serve as a spin-off series. However, the new iteration will not feature leads Mulder and Scully.

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According to publication Deadline, Albuquerque will be more comedy-based, and will center around a cast of “misfit” FBI agents. The new team will look into X-Files that the outlet states are “too wacky, ridiculous or downright dopey for Mulder & Scully to bother with.”

While some fans may be let down that the pair are not a part of the story, Fox haven’t ruled out a cameo from them in the future. This also isn’t the first time that the franchise has been created in a different medium – from 2011-2015, series creator Chris Carter wrote an official season 10 and 11 in comic form published by IDW.

x-files comic
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The X-Files got a season 10 and 11 in comic book form.

While aliens and ‘monster of the week’ style episodes have largely come to define the X-Files, the beloved show was notorious for its humor and comedic plot lines. The animation seems to be focused on the latter.

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Albuquerque will be created by animation studio Bento Box, and will be overseen by Chris Carter and Gabe Rotter who will serve as executive producers. At the time of writing, it’s unclear when the project will make its debut.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.