X-Files Producer Shrugs Off Werewolves

A. Quinton — Aug. 6th 2008

iF Magazine has an exclusive interview with Frank Spotnitz, producer and co-scriptwriter for X-Files: I Want To Believe. If you’ll recall, there were whispers that I Want To Believe involved werewolves, and that one of the werewolves might have been Mulder. These (ultimately false) rumours were deliberately encouraged by the filmmakers via Photoshopped werewolf transformation makeup tests and on-set photos of werewolf props. In the interview, iF Magazine asks Spotnitz what the deal was.

iF: There was some kind of “wolf suit” photography that leaked to the Internet last year when you were filming. I’m assuming this was planted to throw people off the scent of what the movie was about?

SPOTNITZ: That’s right. We actually got the idea for the werewolf mislead because of an obscure post on Ain’t It Cool News. Someone had written that they’d met [director] Chris [Carter] in a bar and he’d told them the movie would be about werewolves. We decided to just keep feeding that storyline. We felt most people wouldn’t be too disappointed when the movie ended up not being about werewolves after all.

You were wrong, Franky. Wrong.

  • Okay…I was a little disappointed that the X-Files movie had no supernatural elements..and no werewolves…but I licked the film anyway. It was a solid mystery thriller.

    However, it would be nice for them to tackle werewolves in a future film. The werewolf episode they did early on in the show was okay but the special effects were so poor it weakened the punch.

    But as far as the misinformation (or, perhaps, ‘dis’-information) about the movies’ plot -that’s a standard Hollywood ploy to keep the story from being spoiled before release. Shame they had to build up our hopes about werewolves, though.

    -Jonathan Maberry
    Bram Stoker Award-winning author of
    and ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead

  • I hear what you’re saying, Jonathan, but there’s a fundamental difference between passively allowing disinformation to spread and purposely lying to such an extent that you’re paying people to make up fake evidence.

    I was excited about this movie, and to hear that there are no werewolves in it was very disappointing. I can handle disappointment– I’m a werewolf fan, after all. What was insulting and frustrating was to discover that I (and other werewolf / horror fans) were deliberately misled with such blasé indifference. I can almost hear Carter and Spotnitz discussing it.

    Carter: “How can we keep people from finding out that this scary, exciting, romantic, emotional script you wrote is really just an old story from the Rejected Episodes pile, twisted and inflated to feature length?”

    Spotnitz: “I know! Let’s tell everyone the story is about werewolves! You get Jimmy down in FX to Photoshop some fur and black lips onto a photo of David, and I’ll leak it to the Web so everyone thinks the movie’s gonna be about werewolves instead of whatever the hell it is that I wrote about. No one who likes werewolves ever watches movies or gets excited about anything, so when everyone finds out we lied, no one will really care, right? No one really gives a shit about werewolves anyway.”

    Carter: “Brilliant! You’re such a visionary, Frank– let me treat you to dinner at Lumiere!”

    Spotnitz: “High-five!”