On April 5, 2015, the famously cryptic David Lynch sent out a straightforward announcement that he was pulling out of the Showtime network's reboot of Twin Peaks, the surreal 90s TV series he co-authored with screenwriter Mark Frost. The reason? Money, according to Lynch. Showtime immediately responded that they're "holding out hope" they can work things out and bring Lynch back to Twin Peaks.
In 2014, both Lynch and Frost dropped hints that the warped world of Twin Peaks still had life in it. In October 2014, Showtime announced they would be part of that world, with Lynch directing the limited series run (nine episodes). The premiere was scheduled for 2016, 25 years after the original ABC series had ended, and Frost told Variety that "the passage of 25 years will be an important element in the plot." In January 2015, Showtime president David Nevins confirmed that Kyle MacLachlan would be reprising his original role as stoic Agent Dale Cooper. Around the same time, rumors surfaced that Lynch – who was by then working on the script – wasn't completely happy with the way the financing was working out. Then came Lynch's April 5 announcement on social media:
"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 question remains as to who owns the limited run, as Lynch hints it could still occur at Showtime without him. Still, a Twin Peaks without Lynch wouldn't be much fun.
Within an hour of Lynch's post, Showtime issued its own statement to the press:
“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.”
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015