The X-Files creator taking Fox TV to court

The creator of The X-Files has sued 20th Century Fox Television for breach of contract, contractual interference, and other claims over payments allegedly owed to him from the hit television series.

Chris Carter accuses the studio of reneging on terms of the deal because they were found to be "too favorable" to him, according to the lawsuit, filed in December in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Carter brought the case through his production company, Ten Thirteen, and is seeking unspecified damages.

The suit was filed by attorney Stanton "Larry" Stein, who represented The X-Files star David Duchovny during a 1999 battle in which the actor fought for a higher share of profits from the show's lucrative syndication deals.

In the new suit, Carter alleges that when 20th's network sibling, Fox Broadcasting Co., wanted the show to return for a sixth and seventh season, he agreed to do so through a 1998 agreement that gave him a "profit guarantee."

When it came time to negotiate a ninth season, Carter said he urged the studio to cancel its existing domestic cable deal for The X-Files repeat rights with their sibling FX network and pursue a new one with other networks. Carter said he also negotiated for a "cable advance" equal to 25 percent of the gross license fee paid to 20th in excess of $300,000 per episode.

Carter said that in 2001, 20th Century Fox TV asked him to reduce the cable advance because it "would result, in their view, in too large a benefit to plaintiff, and too small a benefit to Fox Television." Carter refused to change the terms, according to the complaint.

Carter accuses the studio of breaching its agreement by refusing to pay the original profit agreement or the subsequent cable advance.

20th went ahead and canceled the agreement with FX and entered into a new one with USA Network and TNT. It is alleged that Fox insisted that the old cable agreement was not "terminated," but merely "assigned" to the other networks.

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C'mon guys. We all know the show was never the same without Mulder. It ended when it needed to end.
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Well, I guess Chris Carter is reciving some of the bad Karma that he accumulated when he decided to end the show. And at the same time, burning Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, and Annabeth Gish, who really liked their JOB!
Not to mention the X-Files fanbase that was at a record high during the 8th and 9th season,who lost their favorite T.V. series. Why should Fox have had to sweeten the deal to persuade Carter to keep the show alive? Maybe he needed a larger Mansion in Aspen...
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Who can blame Carter? I'd certainly kick their butts if they reniged on a deal because "Ooops, we screwed ourselves." Fox has their side to it but they have always struck me as very skeezy. By the way, the talks about TXF's 2nd film sort of stalled out a long time before Carter initiated this suit. I kind of doubt it will ever happen, which would be a damned shame. I'd love to see it especially with a bigger role for Skinner.

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I wondered why I wasn't in the last season wasn't as great as the rest andi think now it was because chris's heart wasn't into it.
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If they do make a film, I sure hope they don't wait too long. I don't want the actors to be too old. But, I guess if Silvester Stallone can do another Rocky, there is a lot of time left.
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Yeah, this would explain the movie problems. Man I wish they would get all this settled.
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We'll it seems to be a case of both sides not willing to compromise and I think
Chris should get what's coming to him if that was the original deal.
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So much for the X Files 2nd movie. Now I know why FOX is dragging its tail on the movie subject, it has nothing to do with Chris wanting to direct it, but he is suing them
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