First whispered about last October, Chris Carter, creator of the classic 1990s TV genre giant The X-Files, is officially making a long-awaited return to US screens with a confirmed pilot for The After, a drama said to take place “at the moment of the apocalypse.” Carter was, of course, the darling of the Fox Network in the 1990s thanks to the international success of The X Files (nine seasons and two feature films, the last of which, 2008’s I Want To Believe was written and directed by Carter and remains his most recent credit) but subsequent projects were less successful. His paranormal/serial killer series Millennium, starring Lance Henricksen, was cancelled in 1999 after three seasons, virtual reality drama Harsh Realms was canned after just nine episodes in 2000 and X-Files conspiracy spin-off The Lone Gunmen disappeared after twelve episodes.
Carter’s new project has been greenlit by Amazon and is the latest pilot commissioned by the online merchant as they pick up on streaming service Netflix’s move towards creating original dramatic content not intended for airing on Network or Cable television. Amazon have already ordered five original series from a number of pilots aired to and voted for by customers, most of which are comedies or kid’s series. A pilot spin-off based on the 2009 feature film hit Zombieland was not picked up for series following poor fan response. The After is expected to be available for viewing next year.
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