The X-Files, twenty years later the paranoia and conspiracy theories have become reality. Frank Spotnitz at the Roma Fiction Fest
Conspiracies, aliens, government agencies. Music that has become legendary, phrases like "I want to believe" and "The truth is out there" that represent the spirit of the time, those nineties dominated by conspiracy theories and shadow governments. Twenty years have passed from the onset of the X-Files on television and its weight in the contemporary narrative is always strong.
"The series was born from the need to scare people, to give them something to think about and have the chills," says Frank Spotnitz, writer and producer of The X-Files, a guest at the Roma Fiction Fest taking place these days in the capital. "In the nineties, the television was reassuring, there was nothing scary. We started asking questions. "
The X-Files has changed the approach to television: in nine seasons (1993-2002) and two films (1998, 2008) has revolutionized the language of television, giving way to complicated and tormented protagonists, not monolithic in their figures. Mulder and Scully, played masterfully by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, represented the first incarnations of the doubt, the inability to have certainties and beliefs in a reality that you cannot have the least control on. The X-Files has so faced the unknown, being able to introduce, besides the cases in which the episode dealt with the paranormal, reflections on faith and science, the value of the memory, the transparency that citizens should have ensured by their governments.
The X-Files has dominated the imagination of the nineties, influencing subsequent productions: two striking examples are Fringe, the series created by JJ Abrams (Alias, Lost), and Breaking Bad, Award-winning series that ended just last night in America and signed by Vince Gilligan, one of the top writers of the X-Files.
The series has also opened the way to the community in a time where the Internet was in its infancy and social networks like Facebook and Twitter did not exist. "In 1996, every Friday night after the episode I checked the internet to see what people were saying about the show. Especially I was interested on the opinion about the mythological episodes, "says Spotnitz. "There were forums with a lot of fans who followed the series perfectly, gathering spontaneously without marketing operations behind. This encouraged us to continue: we wanted to continue to improve. It was a challenge to ourselves. "
The story of The X-Files, however, is not over yet: in the yard there is a third film. Spotnitz explains why so much hesitation on the production of a new film starring Agents Mulder and Scully: "Me and Chris Carter, the showrunner of the series, we have in mind for years a story to show how far these characters have come. We are waiting so much because after September 11, the climate in the US has changed. That paranoia, which was central in the X-Files, has become real: people really do not have more confidence in institutions and governments. "