A reboot of 'The X Files' is being planned by Fox TV.
The cult sci-fi series originally ran from 1993 to 2002 but the broadcaster is now considering bringing back the show with the iconic FBI duo, Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), who were simply known as Mulder and Scully, in a bid to boost the network's viewing figures.
Gary Newman, chairman of the Fox TV Group, said: "It's true that we've had some conversations on 'X-Files'.
"We're hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point."
Following initial discussions, showmakers are believed to currently be searching for a time at which "key players" Gillian and David are able to reprise their roles in the supernatural drama.
A source said: "Mulder and Scully were one of the greatest TV double acts - and now Fox want them back.
"The network feels that they can draw huge numbers and a PR drive to bring back a show which offers both drama and a built in cult following."
However, the fate of the project now lies with scriptwriters who are being trusted to meet the standard of storylines from the original episodes to ensure longevity for the programme once more.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, the insider added: "The money deal is in place and now it is time to produce good story lines and a plot which can make this show a long runner again."