David Lynch is again returning to Twin Peaks. Much to the fans of relief everywhere, Showtime has officially confirmed that its revival of the cult series is moving forward with Lynch, following a temporary standoff between both parties over budgetary issues.
The director confirmed the news on social media late last week, writing, “Dear Twitter Friends, the rumors are not what they seem ….. It is !!! Happening again. #TwinPeaks returns on @SHO_Network.”
Plans for a reboot of the show, which originally aired for two seasons starting in 1990, were first announced back in October, with both Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost back on board. But the project hit a major snag after Lynch announced he was leaving the project after over a year of negotiations. “I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done,” he wrote on Twitter at the time.
His departure did not sit well with Twin Peak’s loyal fans, who immediately took to social media to express their disappointment and push for his return. The cast of the series also joined in on the effort, teaming to create a video backing the director and arguing that Twin Peaks without Lynch would be like “a dog without its bark” or “a pie without cherries.” The clip went viral, helping to spur a #SaveTwinPeaks campaign.
For its part, Showtime maintained that it held out hope that a deal with the director could be struck. Now, a month and a half later, it seems persistence has paid off. The salary and budgetary problems have been resolved and Lynch has once again signed on to helm the revival. But that isn’t the only good news for the series. The project will now reportedly be bigger and better than before, as the network itself confirmed in a recent announcement.
“This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever,” Showtime president David Nevins said in a statement corroborating Lynch’s return on Friday. “Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing, which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!”
Neither Showtime nor Lynch has specified exactly how many episodes have been added to the original nine. Meanwhile, details surrounding the revival series remain limited, although we do know that it will be set 25 years after the original (as confirmed in the brief teaser released in October).
But while specifics regarding the show may still be under wraps, one thing’s for sure: Lynch’s return is coming as a big relief to the series fans. Case in point? After both the director and Showtime confirmed his participation, the hashtag #SaveTwinPeaks quickly turned into #TwinPeaksSaved.
Hopefully, this will be the last roadblock in the developing project and the series will go on to satisfy the audience’s clearly high expectations. With production expected to start immediately, fans can rest easy knowing they won’t have to wait long to see Agent Cooper and the rest of Lynch’s world back on screen.
Twin Peaks is set to return to air sometime in 2016. It’s only one of several revival headed our way. Reboots of both The X-Files and Full House are also scheduled to premiere next year.
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