For months X-Files 2 has been referred to as that and “The Untitled X-Files Sequel.” When anyone spoke with writer/director/show creator Chris Carter about the title, he would say something coy and speculation would flare up again. It basically came down to Fox and Carter deciding on what to call their movie well after it has finished filming and just about 2 months from its release.

The wait is over and here it is:

The movie will now be called X-Files: I Want to Believe.

After revealing the title to the AP, Chris Carter said this:

“It’s a natural title,” Carter said in a telephone interview Tuesday during a break from editing the film. “It’s a story that involves the difficulties in mediating faith and science. `I Want to Believe.’ It really does suggest Mulder’s struggle with his faith.”

I never saw the show, so I’m coming at this from a perspective of a non-fan. Apparently the title has some relevance to fans of the series and “I want to believe” has become the mantra for such things as hoping for another bad movie.

Because let’s face it, the first movie was terrible, and it didn’t perform at expectations. So what do they do? They make the title something that appeals only to fans and makes non-fans scrunch their noses. That’s what you want with a movie. To merely maintain that diminishing already niche audience and turn off any possible newcomers with a silly subtitle.

Brilliant. I want to believe this title isn’t real.