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‘X-Files’ Creator Chris Carter Developing AMC Rogue Journalism Drama?

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The recent ‘X-Files20th anniversary reunion panel at Comic-Con 2013 had us all nostalgic for the days of Mulder and Scully, but even if we never end up seeing creator Chris Carter’s particular brand of sci-fi weirdness on TV again, AMC may do us one better. The network behind ‘Mad Men‘ and ‘Breaking Bad‘ has begun work with Carter on what looks to be a new thriller along the lines of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and others, but how far along is the project?

According to Vulture‘s interview with Carter, AMC repeatedly approached him for his take on a book to be developed for a potential series, though Carter remains quiet on the particular text, even as he begins the second draft of a screenplay. “I’m not going to spoil it,” says Carter, adding that it “owes” to ‘The X-Files’ in spirit. “I think that I am treading on some of this interesting ground that Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange have uncovered for us.”

Carter further implies that the new project draws a base from high-stakes journalism, pointing out his own personal interests:

I’ve become very interested in the spectrum of political discourse as seen on the cable news channels that are conveniently right in a row on my cable provider’s dial. I can flip from Fox to CNN to HLN to MSNBC, and I find myself at night flipping it back and forth through them, and it’s something of an addiction. Not necessarily for the content but for the context. And I’m writing about it.

Carter, for his part, has also been working on sci-fi drama ‘The After,’ which reportedly went to Amazon for potential development as a series. Tell us in the comments if you’d want to see ‘The X-Files’ creator tackle journalism and political intrigue alongside the same network as ‘The Walking Dead‘!

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