Several months after Showtime announced it was bringing the early 1990s cult classic show Twin Peaks back to television 25 years later with iconic filmmaker David Lynch at the helm, Lynch tweeted that he has exited the project because contract negotiations with the network broke down. While he said that the very long-awaited third season of the series could continue without him, Showtime would have a difficult time luring in fans of the series, who are essentially fans of Lynch, without his name on it.
In a series of tweets Lynch said, “Dear Twitter 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.”
Showtime quickly responded in a statement per Deadline:
We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. SHOWTIME also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.
The planned series was going to be a nine-episode continuation of the original series, which ran from 1990 to 1991, and is considered to be one of the most influential television shows of all time. Lynch and the series’ original co-creator Mark Frost had already at least partially written scripts for the new episodes. Those new episodes were planned to be a third season of the show rather than a reboot, and were to be released in 2016 for the 25th anniversary of when the original series ended its run on ABC. Deadline said that Kyle MacLaughlin was planning to reprise his famous role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper.
Fans of Twin Peaks are essentially fans of David Lynch’s surrealistic filmmaking, which characterized the show. Lynch is such a unique director that no one will really be able to recreate his style without it feeling like a cheap rip-off. He’s also a very polarizing filmmaker that inspires great loyalty from his fans. Lynch is one of those people you either love or hate, and it’s highly unlikely fans of the director will appreciate it if Showtime tries to bring in someone else to imitate him and complete the planned Twin Peaks continuation.
The ending of Twin Peaks left fans with many questions, as the whole show was supposed to be ambiguous in the typical Lynchian way. The show followed Agent Cooper as he investigated the murder of prom queen Laura Palmer in the seemingly idyllic Pacific Northwest town from which the show takes its name. As the show revealed more information, such as who the killer was at ABC’s insistence in Season 2, the show was thought to creatively go downhill. Making a third season on Showtime would have been a way for Lynch to tie up some loose ends while being pretty much as edgy as he wanted. The premium network would certainly grant more creative freedom than ABC did back in the early ‘90s. There was a lot of potential for the network and Lynch to work together and do the third season of Twin Peaks well.
Even with those things working in its favor, when the announcement about the third season first came out, it was met with some hesitation by fans as some feared that even with Lynch on board, the new show would still be worse than the original. Without him, it’s almost guaranteed it would be.
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