David Duchovny is urging studio bosses to consider reviving the The X Files movie franchise because he wants to see the American film industry invest more money in "homegrown" projects.
The TV series, which starred Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as alien-chasing FBI agents, has spawned two films and was last brought back to the big screen in 2008's The X Files: I Want to Believe.
Anderson has previously insisted she would happily reprise her role as Dana Scully and the show's writer Frank Spotnitz recently threw his support behind a possible third installment.
Duchovny has now waded into the debate and made a public appeal to bosses at 20th Century Fox to give the green light to another The X Files project.
He tells movie website Collider.com, "(I would) love to do another film, or more. I think we're all game for it. I know I'm kind of perplexed that Fox isn't more (enthusiastic). Here's a homegrown property that you don't have to go buy, like f**king (2011 superhero movie) Green Lantern or something, to make it."
"Here you've got an actual action franchise that's your own. It's weird to me... Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting? I don't get it."
However Duchovny is convinced producers made a mistake with the last film, adding, "They didn't spend the money to compete in a summer fashion, and they brought it out in the summer. It should be a summer film. It should be an action film. But, the last one we made was not. The last one we made was a dark, contemplative, small $25 million film."
"It was basically an independent film. When you come out against Batman, it's not going to happen."