The X-Files cast, including David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, have reunited virtually to record a special version of the show’s famous theme tune — with lyrics, for the first time — to benefit the World Central Kitchen (Donate here).
Inspired by a desire to do something positive during lockdown for people who have been affected by the pandemic, series executive producer Frank Spotnitz devised a challenge for The X-Files fandom to write bespoke lyrics for the show’’ famous instrumental theme tune, and mobilized cast members and the creative team to sing the winning lyrics in a video compilation recorded from their homes.
Written by fans Jennifer Large and Rebecca MacDonald, the song has been recorded via video calls with 33 members of The X-Files cast.
The participating The X-Files cast members included David Duchovny (Fox Mulder), Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner), Robert Patrick (John Doggett), Annabeth Gish (Monica Reyes), James Pickens Jr (Alvin Kersh), Laurie Holden (Marita Covarrubias), William B. Davis (Cigarette-Smoking Man), Nicholas Lea (Alex Krycek), and Cary Elwes (Brad Follmer).
The show’s creator Chris Carter, executive producer-writer Vince Gilligan, composer Mark Snow, director Michelle MacLaren, and many others are in the video as well (see a full list below). The video was produced by Frank Spotnitz and Avi Quijada, and edited by Quijada.
With so many people going hungry due to the pandemic, the video intends to raise funds for World Central Kitchen, an organization that focuses on assisting communities in crisis, providing a hot meal when it’s needed most and creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty.
The video, which you can watch below, includes a donate button and a message from Spotnitz outlining the work that the charity does.
“We wanted to gather The X-Files family together during these trying times to put some hope and spirit back into the world,” said series creator Chris Carter. “And use the occasion to give thanks and donations to those who need it most.”
Spotnitz added: “During lockdown I really wanted to find a way to do something positive, and we had a rare opportunity to get The X-Files gang back together, so we hit upon this idea of putting lyrics to the theme tune – which had never been done before.”
“It has been quite an amazing and amusing ride to put together this complex project and we’re honored that so many of our wonderful cast members and team have taken part. It’s been a real joy to reunite virtually with our friends and former colleagues, and we hope not only to bring a smile to many people, but also to help a worthwhile cause.”
The X-Files Cast in the Video:
David Duchovny (Fox Mulder)
Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully)
Cary Elwes (Brad Follmer)
Robert Patrick (John Doggett)
James Pickens Jr. (Alvin Kersh)
Annabeth Gish (Monica Reyes)
Bruce Harwood (John Fitzgerald Byers)
Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner)
Zuleikha Robinson (Yves Adele Harlow)
William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man)
Laurie Holden (Marita Covarrubias)
Nicholas Lea (Alex Krycek)
The Enigma (The Conundrum)
Dean Haglund (Richard ‘Ringo’ Langly)
Rebecca Toolan (Teena Mulder)
Stephen Snedden (Jimmy Bond)
Melinda McGraw (Melissa Scully)
Jeff Gulka (Gibson Praise)
Michael McKean (Morris Fletcher)
Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike)
Karin Konoval (Little Judy Poundstone / Little Chucky Poundstone / Mrs. Peacock)
Chris Owens (Jeffrey Spender)
Chris Carter (Creator/Executive Producer)
Frank Spotnitz (Executive Producer/Writer/Director)
Vince Gilligan (executive Producer/Writer)
Mark Snow (Composer)
Darin Morgan (Producer/Writer)
Howard Gordon (Executive Producer/Writer)
Gabe Rotter (Writer/Producer)
Michelle MacLaren (Director/Producer)
John Shiban (Writer/Executive Producer)
James Wong (Writer/Director/Executive Producer)
Rob Bowman (Director/Producer)