X-Files creator Chris Carter knows how to keep a secret. Like the details about his upcoming July 25th release, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the details circulating with regard to his next project are few and far between. What we do know is that Carter is in the midst of directing his “dream project,” a dark drama titled Fencewalker.
According to several sources, Carter wrote Fencewalker some time ago and has since raised the financing for the film’s modest budget all by his lonesome. Despite rumors that the film has begun shooting in the Los Angeles area, including Carter’s hometown of Bellflower, neither the writer-director nor his reps at IMC would confirm whether or not production has actually begun.
The story is a coming-of-age semi-autobiographical character piece devoid of any supernatural elements, despite the director’s previous work on both The X-Files and his later series Millennium, which ran for three seasons on Fox. Although Carter and his mouthpieces are hesitant to reveal any of Fencewalker‘s secrets, we do know that the drama will star a number of up-and-coming actors and actresses, including Natalie Dormer (Casanova, 2005; The Tudors, 2007-2008), David Cassidy’s daughter, Katie Cassidy (a regular on the extremely underrated television series Supernatural), Derek Magyar (Boy Culture, 2006; On Killing, 2008), Mehcad Brooks (Glory Road, 2006), and rapper-turned-’actor Xzibit (xXx: State of the Union, 2005; Gridiron Gang, 2006).
Hopefully, as more tidbits about The X-Files: I Want to Believe (like the new stills that appeared online as of June 23rd) eek out over the next month or so, a few tantalizing details about Fencewalker will appear here and there… not too many, though; we like Chris Carter’s selfishness when it comes to the details of his projects. It helps combat the disappointment and disbelief we all experience as a result of the increasing tendency of trailers to give away way more of a film than we need to see.