The X-Files is a 1998 American science fiction thriller film directed by Rob Bowman. The story is by Carter and Frank Spotnitz and it is the first feature film based on Carters television series The X-Files that revolves around fictional unsolved cases called the X-Files and the characters solving them. The film was promoted with the tagline Fight the Future, the film takes place between seasons five and six of the television series, and is based upon the series extraterrestrial mythology. The story follows agents Mulder and Scully, removed from their jobs on the X-Files, and investigating the bombing of a building. They uncover what appears to be a government conspiracy attempting to hide the truth about an alien colonization of Earth, Carter decided to make a feature film to explore the shows mythology on a wider scale, as well as appealing to non-fans. He wrote the story with Frank Spotnitz at the end of 1996 and, with a budget from 20th Century Fox, filming began in 1997, following the end of the shows fourth season. Carter assembled cast and crew from the show, as well as other, well-known actors such as Blythe Danner and Martin Landau. The film was produced by Carter and Daniel Sackheim, mark Snow continued his role as X-Files composer to create the films score. The film premiered on June 19,1998 in the United States, although some enjoyed the style and effects of the film, others found the plot confusing and viewed it as little more than an extended episode of the series. A sequel, entitled I Want to Believe, was released ten years later, the film opens in what will become North Texas,35,000 BC. Entering a cave, two cavemen hunters stumble upon a large extraterrestrial life form, one is killed by the creature while the other one fights and wins, stabbing the creature to death, but he is also infected by a black oil-like substance which crawls into his skin. In 1998, in the area, when a group of boys are digging a deep hole. As he holds it, black oil seeps into his body until it reaches his head, Later, four firefighters descend into the hole to rescue him, but do not come out. A team of biohazard-suited men arrives on the scene, the boys body is brought out. Meanwhile, FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have been assigned to other projects since the closure of the X-Files and they are helping investigate a bomb threat against a federal building in Dallas. Mulder inspects a building across the street from the supposed target, Special Agent in Charge Darius Michaud stays behind to disarm the bomb as Mulder and Scully evacuate the building. Unknown to the agents, Michaud makes no attempt to disarm the bomb, Mulder and Scully are chastised because, in addition to Michaud, four people were apparently still in the building during the bombing. There are scheduled separate hearings at which their job performances will be evaluated, at the hospital morgue, Scully is able to examine one of the victims, finding evidence of an alien virus
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Lead actor David Duchovny who portrayed FBI agent Fox Mulder.