After the ratings success of the six-episode

The X-Files

revival miniseries, Fox says David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be returning for another batch.

The 10-episode "season 11" will go into production in a few months and the finished product is expected to air either later this year or early 2018, according to Fox.

Another season was inevitable after the 2016 revival ended on a dramatic cliffhanger with the fate of every character (and the world) hanging on a tether. The series was never really going to end forever with Scully and Mulder staring up at an alien spaceship light beam as Mulder succumbs to an alien virus. And it didn't answer one of the most pressing questions - where and what is William?!

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The 2016 revival was one of the highest rated shows for the year in the US and generated considerable social media buzz.

The X-Files ran from 1993 to 2001 and was one of the most popular shows of the 1990s but waned in popularity in later years. Australia's Channel 10 have traditionally had the rights to The X-Files and fast-tracked the revival last year.