'X-Files' Carter to direct British thriller

[from Reuters UK] LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The X-Files" creator Chris Carter is set to make his feature directing debut with a movie based on Philip Kerr's sci-fi thriller "A Philosophical Investigation."

Set in the near future, "Investigation" tells the story of a government-run genetic testing unit that assists law enforcement agencies in listing and tracking down those with a predisposition to violence. A female Scotland Yard inspector is drawn into a cat-and-mouse game when a sociopathic computer expert finds that he's on the list and decides to protect the rest of society by killing the others.

The project is set up at Paramount Pictures, where Mace Neufeld ("The Sum of All Fears"), who has owned the rights to the novel for close to a decade, is producing with Carter and "X-Files" collaborator Frank Spotnitz. Carter and Spotnitz also will adapt.

"It is one of my passion projects, and they generally take a long time to get off the ground," Neufeld said.

Neufeld is hoping that this will be the first Kerr adaptation to make it to the big screen, even though rights to several of the author's other novels have been optioned. They include "A Five Year Plan," which was optioned by Tom Cruise's production company; "Gridiron," which the now-defunct Propaganda optioned; and "Esau," which Disney optioned for Jerry Bruckheimer in the mid-'90s.

"Most Kerr books have sold for films. None have been made into a film so far," Neufeld said.

Carter is also adapting the book "The World of Ted Serios," which he intends to direct for Miramax's Dimension Films.


X-Files 2 News from GAWS

Normally, I don't care to pass on information about the long-rumored X-Files 2 movie, since much is hearsay and changes all too frequently: it's on, it's off, it's on, it's off...you get the idea. However, this is intriguing and hopeful, because it's apparently straight from Ms. Anderson herself.

From The Official Gillian Anderson Website Newsletter, Issue #60 [July 13, 2004]:
"It does indeed appear that the XF movie will be underway in the next year but a lot has to happen between now and then and a lot can happen between now and then. But it looks promising. Chris does not want to reveal at this point who or what will be in it but I got the impression it's going to be one scary mother."
We'll see, but it sounds as though at least one of the show's principal stars is willing to join the project...if the stars align, so to speak.