For a project that has already been picked up to series, there has been a lot of uncertainty around the Twin Peaks revival. Recent rumors stated the series would no longer be headed to Showtime, but those were seemingly debunked by the network. Unfortunately, it looks like they had a seed of truth to them. Today, David Lynch revealed that he is no longer involved with Showtime’s Twin Peaks Revival. Here’s what Lynch had to say:
Dear Facebook Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks. After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.
The director, who was responsible for the original Twin Peaks series back in the nineties, spoke out via social media, including Facebook and Twitter, to spread the news. Basically, he bailed on the deal because Showtime was unable to meet the financial terms he felt he needed to move forward. We're not sure if Lynch thought that Showtime would be able to provide the same sort of budgets that ABC had available in the nineties, and without further details, it’s difficult to judge what really happened between David Lynch and Showtime.
It’s a real shame, as Twin Peaks is by far one of Lynch’s most famous projects, and a reboot of the hit series would definitely benefit from the man’s attentive eye behind the camera. This isn’t the first time that Lynch has been negative regarding the revival, however. Just a few weeks ago, Lynch made similar comments noting he hadn’t returned to the world of Twin Peaks, yet, and Showtime was quick to state the series would be moving forward. Now, his quitting seems to be definitive.
Twin Peaks was first announced by Showtime back in October. At the time David Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost were set to pen all of the episodes and Lynch was expected to direct all nine. Now, the episodes have already been written, and TV Line says that Showtime is saying Twin Peaks is still expected to hit the schedule in 2016. Kyle Machlachlan is already expected to return as Agent Dale Cooper, and other actors also should be returning. While Lynch as a director would certainly have been welcome, there’s still a lot of good things to look forward to as Twin Peaks moves forward.
The real question is whether Twin Peaks’ niche fanbase will still want to tune in now that Lynch has bailed. That’s a gamble that for now Showtime seems willing to take.