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.

The Second Primitive stepping over his hunting mate,

stalking the Creature into the shadows, where it has

collapsed. The torch finally landing, for the first

time, on its face.

When the torchlight hits its face, the Creature attacks.

But the Primitive prevails. He drops his torch and

dispatches the already wounded Creature with strong

hard stabs of his weapon, one of which penetrates the

Creature's eye.


The torch, which lies on the ground, illuminates the

dead creature's face. Its wounds are flowing with the

oily black blood, which, oddly now, BEGINS TO POOL. As

if it has intelligence, sentience. Pooling and traveling

into a fissure in the cave floor. And disappearing.


Watching this, unknowing. His chest heaving from the

fight, as the spots of Oily Black Blood which have

spattered onto him begin to crawl. Crawling toward his

eyes and mouth. Causing him to let out grunts of fear.

Which are the sounds we hear as the CAMERA SLOWLY CRANES

UP past the struggling Primitive to the roof of the

cave, where the dancing shadows of the torch FADE AWAY

with the sounds of struggle. Moving into darkness and

silence. But only for a moment. Until:



Along with the spade of a shovel. And then -- the

earthen cave ceiling gives way and A BOY wearing Nikes

and an old t-shirt falls through it. Falling PAST

CAMERA. We hear a YELL, then a THUD, and a CLATTERING of

the shovel that's fallen in with him. Then a pained


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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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