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Lance Henriksen is pretty sure they're making a Millennium movie

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On the off chance that the proposed movies based on Party Down, 24, and Friday Night Lights are not enough to sate your hunger for film revivals of canceled television series that exist solely in theory, here's another reheated plate of vague promises to chow down on, in this increasingly weird metaphor where you eat hypothetical movie reboots of TV shows. Lance Henriksen has expressed his belief that a big-screen return is "going to happen" for Millennium, the Chris Carter-created show that traded on the apocalyptic paranoia over the year 2000—a year it didn’t even live to see, as Fox canceled it in the spring of 1999, as part of a vast conspiracy involving people not really watching it.


Nevertheless—and despite never achieving the same post-mortem cult popularity as The X-Files, a franchise that's seen diminishing returns at the box office itself—Henriksen believes Millennium is due for a revival, even claiming that it "would be a far more interesting show" were it made today (even though it would kind of render the whole "millennium" thing pointless) because of 9/11 and terrorists and so on. He also seems to have it all mapped out for how his mind-reading profiler Frank Black should make his return:

"When you trap a guy like Frank Black, who has that kind of imagination and you put him in a world like Bulgaria where everything is in Cyrillic and he can't communicate actively with a lot of people, he has to do it in another way. I've thought of how it could be done. You just keep moving the pressure in on him about this kind of terrorist stuff. A terrorist plot. The pressure keeps building and building and building until you realize that that pressure gave him all the answers he needed. You would be gasping for air to wonder what is going to happen to this guy."

But despite Henriksen's promising formula of a film revival of a canceled cult TV show with an incredibly niche following starring a 72-year-old man—combined with a fresh new post-9/11 terrorist plotline and the endless allure of Bulgaria—the only indication of the "big push" that Henriksen says is happening to get the movie made has come from Henriksen himself. Then again, that's really no different than all those other TV-to-movie adaptations we've been hearing about, so what the hey: They're making a Millennium movie, everybody! Let's talk about it like it's happening every few months.