David Duchovny, the actor who plays the iconic FBI agent Fox Mulder, reportedly cried while reading the script for the upcoming X-Files revival.

“I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page,” he explains to Entertainment Weekly. He continues:

It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself. It was just like, I’d been talking about this for a long time. We’d been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let’s say two years we’ve been talking about doing it. Now it’s the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].

Duchovny didn’t reveal any details about the script to EW, but he did say that it is “fantastic.” Fans have been dying to find out if the abbreviated six-episode series will just be monster-of-the-week episodes, will feature the much-loved UFO conspiracy mythology, or a combination of both. Duchovny reveals, “Even though there’s only six, there will be a mix . . . It’s not really The X-Files without the mythology.”

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. (Credit: KellyBeth7/Wikimedia Commons)

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. (Credit: KellyBeth7/Wikimedia Commons)

And, although the upcoming revival only features six episodes, Duchovny says he’s open to doing more X-Files. “I would be open to doing another cycle,” he says. “I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.”

This is pretty exciting news, and it suggests that there is a pretty decent chance that we’ll see additional episodes of the new X-Files after the six-episode miniseries airs.

The X-Files returns to television on Sunday, January 24.