We're back this weekend with another round-up of horror/sci-fi news. This time we have stories regarding two titles many horror and sci-fi fans are already familiar with—The X-Files and Minority Report—as well as a casting update for Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens. New details on The X-Files reboot have also recently surfaced, and fans of the original series might be pleased to know that Fox is looking to bring back stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, as well as series creator Chris Carter.

Deadline reports that the folks at Fox are considering moving forward with a new chapter of their groundbreaking series, The X-Files, which starred Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder and Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully and originally aired from 1993–2002.

New developments on the follow-up series have recently come to light, with Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden having stated that while exploring options for the next installment of The X-Files, they are looking at times that would work for David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully, respectively, and that at this point, the potential new chapter of The X-Files is being planned to star the aforementioned supernatural-investigative duo that fans initially came to love in the 1990's.

Original series creator Chris Carter is also being lined up to return, and the writer/director has revealed he's looking ahead to the summer as a possible time for the follow-up series to move forward.

Granted, neither David Duchovny nor Gillian Anderson have officially signed on to star in The X-Files follow-up series (and both actors have busy schedules: Duchovny stars in NBC's upcoming 1960's-set series Aquarius and Anderson moved up to a Season 3 regular as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier on NBC's Hannibal), and the show itself still has not been green-lit by Fox, so don't get your hopes too high on seeing the return of Fox and Mulder just yet.

The discussion is gradually becoming more concrete, however, and there's a chance that those who still believe might see their favorite show and characters return. We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

Also in Fox news, the network now has a director for the pilot of its Minority Report TV series, an adaptation of Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi film of the same name.

Deadline reports that Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones, The Affair) is set to helm the Minority Report pilot off a screenplay by Max Borenstein (2014's Godzilla, the upcoming Kong: Skull Island). Below are the known details for the series, which is set up as a sequel to the Tom Cruise-starring film in which mutated humans known as “precogs” predict future murders and help stop them before they occur:

"It is set 10 years after the end of Precrime in DC. One of the three Precogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future, when he meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift."

A little over one month after Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts joined the cast for Fox's horror-comedy series, Scream Queens—an upcoming project from American Horror Story co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, as well as Ian Brennan—more names have now joined the show's roster.

According to Deadline, Lea Michele (Glee), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Keke Palmer (Akeela and the Bee) will co-star in the series, with Ariana Grande joining the cast in a recurring role.

An anthology series scheduled to premiere its 15-episode season in the fall of 2015, Scream Queens centers on a college campus turned upside down by a string of murders. Murphy revealed that, like American Horror Story, Scream Queens will follow a new storyline with a fresh setting each season. He also mentioned that every season will focus on two female lead roles.

Lea Michele:


Source: Deadline
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