While the X-Files TV series lives on only in syndication and DVD, only the occasional mutterings of another movie give fans hope for another serving of their favorite basement-dwelling oddity-hunting FBI agents.

While presenting at the Critics’ Choice Awards earlier this week, David Duchovny stated that he’d recently spoken to the show’s creator Chris Carter about a follow-up film, but it apparently won’t have anything to do with bees, shapeshifting aliens, arctic spaceships and that possessive sentient black oil that’s so intent on colonizing the planet.  Which is good, since even Carter himself doesn’t know what the hell’s the deal with all that.

"It’ll be a stand-alone horror movie," Duchovny said between asking for spare change for a sandwich. "Mulder and Scully investigate one particular case that has nothing to do with alien life. It has to do with supernatural stuff." Perhaps they’ll encounter a shambling smock-clad apparition with straggly dark hair obscuring its face.

It’s not known if the purported film, which they’re planning to shoot later this year or early next, will take place before Mulder’s sister got turned to starlight by the walk-ins or whatever, or after the series finale which I didn’t bother watching along with the last two seasons.  But the new film will likely have lots of obfuscation, scenes of trembling flashlights and at least one instance of Scully giving a panicked cry of "Mulder!!"