X-Files film official, dated

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For a group known for uncovering secrets and conspiracies, the X-Files team did a pretty good job of keeping their own out of the limelight. However, the sheet has finally been pulled off the long-in-the-works X-Files movie sequel, and 20th Century Fox has announced a release date for the film.

Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder will return to the big screen on July 25, 2008, in a paranormal thriller featuring a standalone storyline, says Variety. The movie has yet to be titled, but will begin shooting in Vancouver, British Columbia, next month.

X-Files creator Chris Carter will direct, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as Mulder and Scully, respectively. Carter and X-Files scribe Frank Spotnitz wrote the screenplay, and both will produce.

The fate of the sequel has long been the subject of rumors and Internet speculation. The flame was reignited when Duchovny said in July that he was about to read the sequel's script and that the movie was moving forward.

The X-Files ran for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002 on Fox, and is one of the most successful science-fiction television shows in history. The X-Files movie was released in 1998 and grossed almost $200 million worldwide.

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