David Duchovny Wants To Believe That A Third 'X-Files' Movie Could Happen

Following the widely-perceived failure of "X-Files: I Want To Believe," does anybody really want or need to see a third installment in the "X-Files" movie franchise? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

Apparently, David Duchovny — none other than Fox Mulder himself, kids — is up for it.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, the "Californication" star spoke about his hopes for a third "X-Files" film. Duchovny believes that "X-Files 3" could be perfectly appropriate for a 2012 release, thanks to the year's supposedly catastrophic nature according to Nostradamus and Roland Emmerich's (via the Mayan civilization) prophecies.

"As far as the X-Files movie I'd like to do next, if we get a chance to do it, would be a return to the heart and soul of the mythology, which is the alien-oriented conspiracy," Duchovny said. "I think it's natural for 'The X-Files' to have another movie in 2012, so we'll see if we get to do it."

Now I'm admittedly torn. On the one hand, I'm intrigued by Duchovny's continued enthusiasm for the role, especially considering that "I Want To Believe" was... well... let's say "just okay" and leave it at that.

On the other hand, the fact that Duchovny doesn't agree with that assessment of the last "X-Files" film — that he was actually satisfied with it — is keeping my hopes firmly in the mud.

"I was happy with it," he said of the sequel and the show's final few seasons, also widely panned. "I have nothing but respect for ['X-Files' creator] Chris Carter and the writing staff."

Good on Duchovny for sticking to his guns if he truly believes that "I Want To Believe" was solid, but the lack of support for the film from a wide-scale audience indicates that he's in the minority. His continued support of the "X-Files" sequel makes me wary about the prospects for a third movie.

Do you think a third "X-Files" movie should happen, or is it best if Mulder and Scully go into retirement? Let us know what you think in the comments section!