X-Files courtesy 20th Century Fox X-Files courtesy 20th Century Fox

Apparently, the truth is still out there. Which would explain why The X-Files will be back out there July 25, when the second movie version of the series hits theaters. Plot details are more closely guarded than an alien autopsy, but creator Chris Carter does have a few clues to offer those eager X-Files fans who have been waiting for more since the Fox show ended in 2002. "This is really a continuation of the series, imagining how the characters' lives have evolved," explains Carter, who cowrote and is directing the movie. "It's a stand-alone story that owes everything to the series, but not the mythology of the series. What we'll be dealing with is government-based as far as the conspiracy goes, but expect this not to be a revisitation [of the show's convoluted conspiracy]."

FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) will still be at the center of the story, and Studio 60's Amanda Peet and rapper Xzibit have been added to the cast as fellow agents. "This is really a continuation of the series, imagining how the characters' lives have evolved," Carter explains. But are there any clues as to what creepy case they'll all be trying to crack? "I'm hoping to keep this movie like a Christmas present," he says, laughing. "It can't be opened until the day arrives." - Craig Tomashoff

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