The X-Files returned last year with a limited run. It was a rating success, so it was not that surprising that the show would return for the 11th season. Especially considering the popularity of Stranger Things and Black Mirror, it appears as though the would is excited about more creepy supernatural productions.
Earlier this week, The X-Files came under fire for not hiring female writers for the 11th season. A report by Indiewire reported the team of writers for the 11th season of The X-Files consists only of men. Then, a report by Nerdist showed out of 202 episodes, only six women were ever given writing credit on the show. As a result, the internet backlashed against the show including the show’s leading star Gillian Anderson. In fact, actress Gillian Anderson has spoken out about the show’s hiring problem.
On Twitter, Scully says, “And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women. I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different. #TheFutureisFemale”.
Those two female directors include Michelle MacLauren, who previously directed Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. The second director is Gillian Anderson.
This is not the first time Anderson publicly addressed gender disparity. Gillian Anderson has publicly fought for the right to be paid as her male co-star, David Duchovny.
This news comes after Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram threatening to leave the franchise unless filmmakers concentrated on empowering female characters in the next movie.