X Files To Return As Animated Series

American broadcaster FOX is developing an animated comedy based on iconic sci-fi television series The X-Files.

The potential show is yet to be commissioned for a full series, but the network has ordered a script and presentation as they explore the idea further.

The animated series would be a light-hearted offshoot from the long-running franchise, focusing on an office of misfits who take on the cases too silly for elite agents Mulder and Scully.

According to TV Line, The X-Files: Albuquerque has series creator Chris Carter onboard as an executive producer, with the pilot episode to be written by Paradise PD‘s Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko.

Gillian Anderson; neither she nor her co-star David Duchovny are expected to return for this latest project.

The X-Files: Albuquerque is similar in concept to the recent Star Trek: Lower Decks, which took a comedic glance at another sci-fi franchise that has historically taken a dramatic tone.