The Legacy of Frank Black
- Who is Frank Black and what is your campaign about?
BacktoFrankBlack is a campaign to return the fictional criminal profiler Frank Black, played by Lance Henriksen and created by Chris Carter back. He was last seen in the X-Files episode Millennium in 1999 after being the lead character in Chris Carter’s award winning series, Millennium (1996) that ran for three years. In recent years, Chris Carter has talked about his interest in Millennium returning – and recently we had a comic continuation of the series through IDW publishing. For more information on Frank Black, please visit Brian Dixon’s Millennial Abyss
- What was Millennium?
Millennium was a TV show by X-Files creator Chris Carter that aired in 1996 for three years. It told the tale of Frank Black, a criminal profiler working for a private consultancy called the Millennium Group. A family man, Frank confronted the horrors of human evil to see beyond the veil of man’s deeds to an Evil that lurked beyond. Season one of the show dealt primarily with serial killers who were nurtured by the social anxiety of the then upcoming millennium. By season two, the tone had shifted to a more mythological focus as Frank discovered the religious and controlling nature of the consultancy group he was working for. Season three brought Frank back to the FBI and his attempts to expose the Millennium Group’s true nature. The show was award winning and critically acclaimed. For more information on Millennium, please visit Brian Dixon’s Millennial Abyss
- Can we resurrect an 18 year old show?
The X-Files has come back as of 2016, and the creator of Millennium have shown interest in its return. We are not looking for the show’s resurrection, but a continuation of its characters in a new form. We don’t believe the show Millennium, as it was, necessarily has a place in today’s television, but Frank Black and his supporting characters are strong enough to step beyond the confines of the old show and into a new one. Millennium was largely about the fears of the upcoming millennium – and one could argue that a new show set in the turmoil of the 21st Century would be an appropriate thematic evolution. In essence, we and the cast and crew of the show believe Frank Black was a unique character that is due a return in some form. Back to Frank Black is about giving the fans a voice.
- What is this about a Millennium comic?
As of 2014, a comic book mini-series of Millennium was announced by IDW Publishing, written by The X-Files comic writer Joe Harris, with publication commencing in January 2015. Frank Black officially returned in the The X-Files comic book #16-17 the previous October in 2014 along side The X-Files leads, Mulder and Scully. Executive Producer for the series is Chris Carter. In 2013 we had asked Millennium fans whether they would support a comic-book return of Frank Black, 85% of 652 fans said they would. It’s a bold and exciting step forward, and if sales do well, a further series is planned. This is Frank coming back – who knows, perhaps , Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, Lance Henriksen (who wrote To Hell We Ride with Joe Maddrey, a fantastic story and one worth being on the shelf of any Millennium fan) or any of the multitude of writing talent associated with the show might pen a future issue! The comic is a great start to Frank’s return – and with The X-Files having returned… Who knows where it could lead!
- So when did Back to Frank Black start?
Back to Frank Black started in September 2008 by a collective of fans headed by James McLean who decided to express their public support to Chris, Frank and Lance and create a positive, mature and honest platform for fans to air their support for the return of Frank Black. Lance Henriksen is key to the campaign, as much a voice on staff as anyone else. He promotes the campaign outside this site, frequently mentioning it in his convention appearances, radio appearances and even his recently released book Not Bad For A Human by himself and Joe Maddrey. Back To Frank Black is sourced for its factual content in the book’s topic of Millennium. To hear Chris Carter’s latest responses to the campaign click here.
- What is the Back To Frank Black book?
Back to Frank Black offers an unprecedented volume of material exploring this landmark series. With forewords from lead actor Lance Henriksen and co-executive producer Frank Spotnitz and an introduction by series creator Chris Carter, the collection features extensive interviews with key cast and crew as well as essays analyzing Millennium’s characters, themes, and enduring legacy written by a number of authors with in-depth knowledge of the series. Inspired by the growing movement to return this iconic hero to the screen, Back to Frank Black finds its focus in an incomparable figure of hope: Frank Black. We need him now more than ever. The volume includes interviews with Chris Carter, Lance Henriksen, Frank Spotnitz, Megan Gallagher, Glen Morgan, James Wong, Kristen Cloke, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl, Mark Snow, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Michael R. Perry, Thomas J. Wright, Robert McLachlan, Chip Johannessen, and Klea Scott. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Lance Henriksen’s preferred registered charity, Children of the Night, an organization dedicated to rescuing America’s children from prostitution. The book went on sale in September 2012 via Fourth Horseman Press – to purchase a copy, follow this link.
- So how do I get involved and how can I stay updated?
We suggest foremost you write a letter to 20th Century Fox Television! In fact we cannot stress the importance of letters enough! We have heard from both FOX and FX in regards to fan letters so your voice IS heard! Here’s what Lance has to say on letter writing to FX: Lance speaks about sending letters to bring back Frank Black By writing to the address below to convey your desire to see the world of Frank Black and Millennium return, thus offering your support for Lance Henriksen, Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz and the campaign! The following gentleman is the Senior Vice President for Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television – the studio that holds the rights to Millennium. Be it a film, TV event, mini series, Direct to DVD, the buck stops with this studio! Beyond that, we need input, comments and people to constantly spread the word! We need people to talk about us, talk about Frank Black and get involved in the campaign! Our contact details are at the bottom of the page!
- Back To Frank Black Fan Code of Conduct
As the aim of this campaign is to unite fans of the series in a concerted effort to raise awareness of our desire to see Frank return it will have the best chance of success if we are able to gain the support of members of the Millennium Cast and Crew. In addition to this the campaign is being run from the very heart of Millennium Fandom and has the support of individuals who have been respected members of the Millennium Fan Community for many years, for these reasons it is essential that this campaign remains at all times respectable and respectful of the good names of the individuals involved. When you are looking to make a little positive publicity it is vital that your actions are all accountable and professional. When you are looking to draw some attention from the creators, Fox and press outlets, your mandate needs to be consistent, professional and most importantly, non-abrasive. For these reasons it has been necessary for us to create a few guidelines that we feel will steer the campaign through positive waters and in light of this give it the greatest possible chance of success. We want Frank Black to be known by the world at large but we want him known for all the right reasons.
What others have had to say about the return of Millennium!
- Back to Frank Black contributor, author and producer Joe Maddrey speaks about Millennium and how it could come back!
- Lance Henriksen wants you to tweet Millennium – at Blastr
- MStarNews speculates on its return!
- Brophisticate interview Back to Frank Black
- Chris Carter has new ideas for a Millennium series as reported by Horror Movies (Jan 2016)
- Remembering Millennium at TVFilmNews.com
- Will Chris Carter revive Millennium? At Blastr