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Henriksen, Carter And Spotnitz Discuss Future Of Millennium In New Podcast
By James Whittington, Thursday 10th February 2011

Millennium Group ShotIn a landmark interview, the Back To Frank Black campaign has brought together a trio of key alumni from the television series Millennium for the first time in over a decade: creator and executive producer Chris Carter, co-executive producer Frank Spotnitz, and Frank Black himself, Lance Henriksen.

Together, the three discuss their strong interest in the return of the series as a commercially viable television movie event and consider the possible approaches to this long-awaited project, specifically citing an interest in targeting Fox cable channel FX. This exclusive interview is now available for download as a podcast via the campaign website and iTunes as well as an app for both the iPhone and Android platforms. Series creator Chris Carter considers Millennium to be distinct against the canvas of current popular crime procedurals on television, noting, “I think that what we tried to do was give Millennium a depth beyond these procedurals.” He states that the return of Frank Black would represent a “reconceiving of the original idea” carried out “on a grander scale” than the original series.

Carter also hints that such a return might include characters from the The X-Files universe: “One of the thoughts… was to use a character like Doggett [as played by Robert Patrick, 2000-2002] and do a cross-pollination with The X-Files.” Such a move would ensure further interest from X-Files fans and has the potential to offer a continuation of the story for some of that series’ popular supporting characters.

Frank Spotnitz sums up the enduring appeal of the critically-acclaimed series by saying,
Millennium was about the darkness in the world, the darkness that Frank Black was trying to protect his family from, but that was inside of him as well. And the world now... has become so much more overtly dark and evil and frightening. The mood and ideas that were in Millennium have become more real and vivid to everyone, sadly. So, I do think it’s even more in keeping with the times in which we live.”

Lance Henriksen, eager to resume the role of hero Frank Black, affirms the views of both Carter and Spotnitz, commenting, “Most of the films that are being made dealing with all these kinds of things… are more of a personality versus principles. They’re more egocentric: do battle, kill, murder, fight back with a gun rather than with the mind... I just think there is a place for us that is so poignant now... It’s much more poignant now than ever.”

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