Amazon Studios has decided to revoke its series order for Chris Carter’s new sci-fi drama The After. Created by X-Files maestro Chris Carter, The After was part of Amazon’s pilot season last year and was generally well received by critics and audiences.

In March last year, Amazon launched a confident batch of pilot episodes with Bosch, Mozart In The Jungle and Transparent also picked up for a full season. The After was a potent mix of the supernatural and science fiction, this combination offered something different to the other pilots Amazon took to series. Back in July, Carter had revealed that Amazon planned to release The After in four two-hour episodes, Carter even tempted the entertainment gods by announcing his ultimate goal was to make 99 episodes to tell his story. 

Amazon released a brief statement about the cancellation, but there are no specific details as to why the series is no longer moving forward. Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said;

“We have decided to not move forward with The After. We would like to thank Chris Carter, the phenomenal cast, crew and producers for all their efforts.”

The After featured a cast that included Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Jamie Kennedy (Scream), Andrew Howard (Taken 3) and Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue). There has been plenty of talk of a third X-Files movie in recent years, the poor performance of the belated sequel (I Want To Believe) hasn’t stopped the fans or stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny from wanting more. Now that Chris Carter has some time on his hands, a third X-Files movie might not seem so unlikely after all.