Though it was never quite as well known as creator Chris Carter’s other FOX series, The X-Files, Millennium has, since its three-season run in the late 1990’s, developed a sizable cult following. The show starred Lance Henriksen as a criminal profiler with the uncanny ability to put himself inside the mind of a killer. Now, thirteen years after the show went off the air, Henriksen tells ComingSoon.net that Frank Black could still return on the big screen.
“I think it’s going to happen,” Henriksen said today at the press junket for the upcoming animated series, TRON: Uprising. “I really do… There’s a big push on right now and there’s a lot of crazy people involved in it. They’ve written a book with interviews with everybody that was on the show including [Frank] Spotnitz and me… It’s crazy that you wouldn’t give it a shot. It doesn’t have to be a $30 million movie either. There’s a lot of fans out there in 65 countries. I can’t go into any other country without them wondering when the movie is going to be made.”
Following the demise of the series, Henriksen made one final appearance as Black in an episode of The X-Files, timed to air just before the end of 1999. What’s happened since then, Henriksen explained, would help fuel the film’s narrative.
“Ever since 9/11, the world has changed so radically,” he continued. “If ‘Millennium’ was made today with those characters, it would be a far more interesting show than the limited palette they had with serial killers. I love the idea of a non-judgemental character like Frank Black was… He wanted to know why and how all these things happened, but he knew that judging someone for what they’ve done would just get in the way of finding out things. Imagine that kind of morality and focus, like a master chess player. There’s beads on a string and suddenly you’ve got a necklace. He knew how to do it. It would be much more interesting now than it was then.”
The actor went on to explain what he’d like to see Black go through should a big screen Millennium become a reality.
“When you trap a guy like Frank Black,” he said, “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.”
While there is, at this point, no official word on whether or not the Millennium feature will ever make it to production, check back for updates on the project as they become availble and for more from Henriksen and the rest of the cast and crew of TRON: Uprising closer to the series’ premiere on June 7th.