David Lynch Says ‘Twin Peaks’ Showtime Revival Is Happening

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David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” is officially returning to television.

On Friday, Lynch announced that Showtime’s revival of the cult series was “happening again” after a month-long impasse over budget concerns.

It premieres in early 2016.

According to Showtime president David Nevins, Lynch will direct the entire series, “which will total more than the originally announced nine hours.”

Pre-production on the new season starts immediately.

Insiders tell Variety that Showtime had been negotiating the terms of a new deal with Lynch and “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost ever since Lynch abruptly quit the project in April.

In October, the pay cabler ordered nine new episodes of the quirky detective drama much to the delight of series’ hardcore fans, with actor Kyle MacLachlan reprising his starring role. But after Lynch and Frost delivered the nine scripts they co-wrote, Showtime quickly realized that production costs had risen tremendously and asked the duo to cut their profits as a concession.

Lynch said no.

Making matters worse, the eccentric filmmaker operates without a manager or agent and decided to leave the project without telling his lawyer.

“We were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points,” Showtime said after Lynch’s exit.

A “Save Twin Peaks” petition began circulating on the Internet following the director’s exit, with original cast members blasting the notion of “Twin Peaks” returning without Lynch at the helm.

“Twin Peaks,” which tells the story of a peculiar FBI agent (MacLachlan) investigating the murder of a teenager in a small, unusual Washington town, aired for two seasons on ABC and was followed by a feature film in 1992, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.”

Sheryl Lee, who played the murdered Laura Palmer, is also expected to return along with Dana Ashbrook, who played fellow high-schooler Bobby.

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  1. Sj says:

    Saw the film crews out in North Bend Washington today getting going on the Twin Peaks filming!

  2. Anthony Dabiere says:

    And everyone is surprised because…? C’mon people, Mr. Lynch was fully mindful here, as the above mentions, the scripts were already delivered…this is exactly the point in his career that he should be paid what he is worth, the project alone is testimonial to that. With out the goods, Twin Peaks would have never been the ongoing success worldwide…I for one dearly love this stuff, and can not imagine the mess that would result if David Lynch was not involved. As ‘The Log Lady’ said, “My log saw something that night…why don’t you ask it what it saw?”

  3. Coach L. says:

    It’s about time. One of the best shows EVER!

  4. zooey76 says:

    Why does everything have to have a distinct subject, and be going to an end?? Look almost everything else in life does, such as our lives, which I don’t want to have everything written out for me, and know when it’s going to end!

    Entertainment in my eyes is to take me away from all of that, and quite honestly I’ve started to live my life more that way too.

    Stop worrying about the destination, enjoy the journey.

  5. Sandy Muller says:

    I’m sure it won’t be convoluted and go nowhere and end w/ nothing but loose ends this time. Ha!!!! Lynch sure knows how to drive to nowhere. He’s a fine human being. Really a likable guy but David – stories need an ENDING or a point or something other than more of the same and then credits. Watching David’s movies is like heavy petting and no sex. Get to it David!

    • nerdrage says:

      Even if its convoluted and goes nowhere, it will be a blast to see – hey, Lost was exactly like that, and it was fun to watch as long as you figured out that there would be no sensible resolution.

    • Dr. Frankenstein says:

      With all due respect, Lynch is a true artist who often works outside the traditional Hollywood narrative and though I will concede that Inland Empire could have benefited from more editing many of us love the fact he does not spoon feed us the answers and instead leaves it to our own perceptions.I for one don’t want answers from the new Twin Peaks I just want more!

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