X-Files Bombs

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by mswood, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. Lindley

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    Sounds like the budget of X-Files was only about half of Serenity's, as well.

    Or would have been 4 years ago....with inflation, maybe only a 10th. (I kid.)
     
  2. Trekker4747

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    Personally, I'd rather have the 2012 thing resolved in a TV-movie. A TV movie in 2012 would work well, being 10 years after the show ended.
     
  3. Trippy

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    No! I can't wait that long! :lol:

    Needs to be made sooner...they have to stop it ya know! ;)
     
  4. Trekker4747

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    Yeah 2012 may be too long but it's a time that makes the most sense, 10 years after the series ended, it's the date given, usual plot devices of ending/fixing/stopping things at he last moment.

    But a 2010 movie would be preferable.
     
  5. Leroy

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    Does this mean they won't make a Millennium movie now?
     
  6. Lindley

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    Not unless it co-stars Falcon.
     
  7. Goliath

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    I saw it this afternoon, and I thought it wasn't bad at all. Not great--but not bad.

    I can sort of understand why it's not performing well at the box office--The Dark Knight is crushing everything in its path, and I imagine that it's soaking up some casual viewers who might have gone to see the X-Files instead.

    But I don't understand some of the very hostile reviews I've read. It was a decent movie, and an interesting epilogue to the series. It'll be a shame if it does bomb.
     
  8. DWF

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    I can't see a major storyline like being resolved in a cheap TV movie.
     
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    As I said in the review thread, for me, it was just very, very, very, VERY average. It wasn't necessairly "bad" but it wasn't great either.

    I just watched two episodes of the series this evening ("standalones") that were far, far better in comparison. It was about like an "OK" episode.

    For me, not worth a trip to the theater. Maybe worth a rental/DVD purchase.
     
  10. Trekker4747

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    Well, it WAS a "cheap TV series."

    TV movies are cheaper, reach a far wider audiance and have a greater chance for a return on investment.

    If this movie doesn't do well in the box-office it'll likely be difficult to convince the studio to shell out another $30+ million for another movie that "might" break-even, and this one being a Mytharc movie.

    Sorry to say, they blew it with this movie. There's so many great, great, great and fantastic X-Files episodes that are captivating, tense and interesting. Yet for this movie they went very pedestrian.

    If we want a wrap-up for the Mytharc of the series I think a TV movie is the "best" we can hope for at this point.
     
  11. Harvey

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    Well, it worked for Stargate, and that's never reached any sort of wide appeal like the X-Files. At least, like the X-Files did, back in the day. Sigh.
     
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    I'm not sure it did work for Stargate and in any event Fox won't spend 7 Million dollars for a TV movie for The X-Files and the Stargate movies were direct to DVD oddly enough though Fox but Stargate is in a different position from a money stand point than The X-Files in that MGM wants more Stargate the same can't quite said for Fox and The X-Files. I did say that the wait for this movie would hurt it.

    Still I think it's too early to call this movie a bomb yet it's only been out for a day.
     
  13. Admiral Buzzkill

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    It does if any of those things are true and the movie is any good.

    "Serenity" was. The "X-Files" movie isn't. And that's that.
     
  14. Harvey

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    I agree that the title of this thread is a bit premature. As for whether Ark of Truth worked, I merely meant on a financial level, not a creative one. The news from Brad Wright today is that MGM wants a third movie, and Continuum isn't even out yet! On another front, Universal also wants another Battlestar Galactica DVD movie. I don't know if Chris Carter would want to go that route. Joss Whedon certainly doesn't. JMS did with Babylon 5, but now he's changed his mind. Nobody in charge of Star Trek wants to go that way.
     
  15. DWF

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    I don't think The Ark Of Truth was a creative failure but in the end the budget of the movie and the availibility of the actors hurt the movie they actually did alot with the movie's budget and sets but I don't think that'd work for such a massive storyline that The X-Files 2012 storyline would require IMO.
     
  16. Harvey

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    ^^
    It would depend how Chris Carter went about wrapping the story-line up, I'll grant you that. The 200 million dollar budgeted Independence Day invasion movie is out, but X-Files has never been that big anyway. He'd certainly have to contain the action to fit budgetary constraints, but it might still work.
     
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    I'm still amazed they made the Serenity show. I'm glad they did, as I enjoyed the show. But to do a movie about a cult TV show (which wasn't even a big cult following like Star Trek) that had only 12 episodes was an idiotic decision by the brain trusts of Fox or whoever did the film.

    That's the reason I'd be shocked if they ever did an Arrested Development movie. I'll love to see one but let's be honest...only about 20 people would see that movie. Which is about ten more than Serenity. If I were making financial decisions for these studios, I would not have approved either of these films.
     
  18. Messianni

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    Likewise. I was never big into The X-Files but I was hoping that this film might have some moderate success. It's never fun to see a franchise that is loved by fellow sci-fi fans ring its now-apparent death knell. And if people like myself and David cgc who weren't fans of The X-Files but are of the genre thought it had bad promotion, think of the casual moviegoers the creators were trying to bring in. This could not have even been on their radar.
     
  19. Harvey

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    Um... It looks like it's happening to me. I don't know anything about the show, though, so I could be wrong.
     
  20. Messianni

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    It is indeed sounding like it will be made. Arrested Development is one of the funniest shows ever made but you know what? It struggled in the ratings for all three years. If it had problems bringing in an audience on a free national television network, it sadly doesn't stand a chance in the theaters. It's a bomb waiting to happen. :(