Black Panther director Ryan Coogler set to reboot X-Files with diverse cast

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is reportedly set to reboot the classic '90s sci-fi series The X-Files with a diverse cast.

The X-Files' original series creator Chris Carter let the news slip while he was appearing on the podcast On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko, celebrating the show's 30th anniversary.

"I just spoke to a young man, Ryan Coogler, who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast," Carter said. "So, he's got his work cut out for him, because we covered so much territory."

Related: What went wrong with The X-Files revival?

TV Line reports that the rebooted show will not air on Fox, the home of the original series. Digital Spy has reached out to Coogler's representatives for comment but has not received a response at the time of writing.

Back in 2020, Carter was reported to be producing an X-Files spin-off for Fox. The series was set to be an animated comedy.

Titled The X-Files: Albuquerque, it was to follow an office of misfit agents who investigate cases too ridiculous for Mulder and Scully to bother with. So, basically, they're the alien reject team.

However, TV Line has confirmed that the animated series will no longer be moving ahead at Fox.

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Meanwhile, back in December, with the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Coogler revealed what the original plans for the sequel were.

When asked by The New York Times about the initial ideas for the film before lead actor Chadwick Boseman's tragic passing, Coogler said: "It was absolutely nothing like what we made.

"It was: 'What are we going to do about the Blip?' [which saw T'Challa and others vanish for five years following the events of Infinity War]. It was going to be a father-son story.

"In the script, T'Challa was a dad who'd had this forced five-year absence from his son's life."

Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are streaming on Disney+.

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