The X-Files script
The X-Files (1998)
Synopsis: The X-Files (also known as The X-Files: Fight the Future) is a 1998 American science fiction thriller film directed by Rob Bowman. Chris Carter wrote the screenplay. The story is by Carter and Frank Spotnitz. It is the first feature film based on Carter's television series The X-Files that revolves around fictional unsolved cases called the X-Files and the characters solving them. Five main characters from the television series appear in the film: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, John Neville, and William B. Davis reprise their respective roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, Well-Manicured Man, and the Cigarette-Smoking Man. The film was promoted with the tagline Fight the Future.

FADE IN:

EXT. SNOWSCAPE

A BLINDING WHITE SCREEN, under which we hear an ominous

low end Dolby THX Big Screen rumble. We're not in 19"

television land anymore, Toto. As the rumble builds, TWO

BLACK FIGURES appear on what now has resolved into a

distant horizon. From their movements we can shortly see

that the figures are men. Moving along a windswept ice

sheet in an otherwise featureless land.

A LEGEND appears: NORTH TEXAS, 35,000 B.C.

CLOSER ON THE TWO MEN

Continuing toward us, we can now see that they are

dressed in crude garments made of animal skins. If we

squint we can see their hair is long, their jutting

foreheads significant of primitive Homo Sapiens. They

continue toward us, the wind beating against them,

CAMERA IS CRANING DOWN to the snow that lies before

them. To LARGE THREE-TOED TRACKS.

FOLLOWING THE PRIMITIVES

As they track the three-toed prints to a rocky crevice in

the hard-pack ice. The prints stop here, and so do the

men. Dropping down into the crevice in pursuit of their

quarry.

CUT TO:

INT. ICE CAVE

Dark in here, except where the sunlight penetrates the

thick, glassy ice walls. The silhouettes of the

Primitives stark against the glistening cavern. The

sound of flint being struck, then A TORCH CATCHES FIRE,

illuminating their faces. And:

A CREATURE:

Deeper in the cave. Fleeing the light and the men. We

get only a brief glimpse of it in the torch light,

seeing that it moves upright on two legs and has gray,

dinosaur-like skin. And large black eyes. But it moves

quickly enough away that any other identifying feature

is lost in the deeper shadows.

THE PRIMITIVES:

Removing crude weapons made of sharpened bone from under

their thick fur garments, and scrabbling into the

constricting cavern, giving chase.

Following them as they moves with animal-like agility

through the tightening space. Predatory hunters. Their

torchlight catching:

THE CREATURE:

As it disappears into a tight opening in a smaller

crevice leading off the main one. The Primitives

entering frame after a moment, only a few steps behind.

The LEAD PRIMITIVE dropping to the cave floor,

pulling himself into this same tight fissure in pursuit.

Splitting off from his partner who exits frame still on

the run.

INT. SMALLER ICE CAVE - HIGH ANGLE DOWN

The fiery torch comes through first, held by the lead

man. Throwing dancing shadows on the walls of what

appears to be a box cavern.

CLOSE ON LEAD PRIMITIVE

Rising quickly to his feet. Not seeing what the torch

illuminates just behind him: The face of a dead

Primitive Man, his body frozen into the ice. He does

finally notice this, turning to see it, when he's

ATTACKED VICIOUSLY FROM BEHIND.

The torch falls to the floor so that the fight is

difficult to see, but it is loud and cruel. The creature

squealing wildly as the grunts of the Primitive now turn

to the sounds of painful struggle. Until:

THE SECOND PRIMITIVE MAN

Suddenly appears, driving his bone weapon into the body

of the Creature. Again and again, until the Creature is

driven away into the shadows.

The Second Man grabs the torch now, not to see if his

hunting mate has survived, but in pursuit of the

Creature. In the light we see that he and his weapon are

covered with spatters of OILY BLACK BLOOD. As is the

First Primitive whose body lies heaving on the floor.

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Chris Carter

Chris Carter is an American television and film producer, director and writer. Born in Bellflower, California, Carter graduated with a degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach ... more…

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