David Lynch Says He Won’t Direct the ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival

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David Lynch, who co-created the original “Twin Peaks” and was set to direct the upcoming Showtime revival, has left the project, he announced via Twitter on Sunday.

The filmmaker also said the project “may still be very much alive” at the premium cabler.

“Dear Twitter Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on ‘Twin Peaks,'” Lynch wrote in a series of tweets. “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,” he went on. “‘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.”

Lynch’s announcement came after reports surfaced this week that the project was dead. Showtime issued a statement on Lynch later on Sunday, saying it hopes to still bring back “Twin Peaks” “in all its glory.”

“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 said in the statement. “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.”

Showtime announced the revival in October. Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost have already penned all nine episodes, and Lynch was originally set to direct them all as well. Showtime announced in January that Kyle MacLachlan would reprise his role as FBI agent Dale Cooper.

“Twin Peaks” was set to go into production this year, eying a 2016 premiere date.

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  1. pyromjm says:

    Someone should start a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed to realize his vision!

  2. Adey J says:

    somethings do not need to be remade or appended. Twin Peaks should stay exactly as it is.

  3. Tony says:

    Im sad to hear that David wont be directing. I remember getting together weekly to rent vhs episodes of Twin Peaks and watching while having good coffee, pie, and doughnuts. We were all low wage labor bots…but we scrounged up the money to do this. It always made us happy. I always stand by mr lynch when assholes talk shit about his movies and the amaxing actors he has working for him. This sucks D. We all wanted to see what would happen 25 years later. And done right by the master we held in high esteem. So if money is the motivator then suck my ass….i can barely pay my bills. If not then tell these doubters what is up. And if its because you are sAving the world from angry ninja monkeys…call me
    Im outta work and can help. 7203186222.

  4. ASDF says:

    Chill, Lynch fans. DL is just playing hardball. They’re obviously still at the table.

  5. patrik! says:

    perfectly upcoming mystery..

  6. Jacques Strappe says:

    Lynch is Twin Peaks. Without him, it’s One Peak. Les Moonves is the problem here.

  7. Larry says:

    Big fail for SHOWTIME, but Les Moonves could fix this sorry mess with the snap of his fingers. Will he?

  8. M. says:

    All Lynch has directed since 2006 are video shorts and music documentaries. Even for Inland Empire, he just repeated himself. Creativity’s run dry; what’s left is focused on music. Let the man be, and let someone capable direct the series.

  9. Matt says:

    Showtime has become a joke, it is getting absolutely destroyed by HBO and other cable networks now. Their one chance to come back and become a significant network by hosting Twin Peaks and they just ruin it. I’m not saying it doesn’t have some decent shows on it, but I will not be watching Showtime anymore unless they fix this dilemma.

  10. I’ve heard Showtime are still chasing him and offering new deals, but the fact he’s announced that he’s not involved anymore doesn’t look promising. I do hope he signs up though, Lynch’s touch is always appreciated

  11. Barry Heaver says:

    This would be a great tragedy. No
    television show has offered such great drama, characters, haunting music, plot threading, and left its audience so mesmerized, craving the next episode like Twin Peaks.

    Shakespeare wrote classic tragedies; denying David Lynch (and Mark Frost) a return bout would be utter disapppintment, devastation for many, the undersigned included. Barry Heaver

  12. IT 2 IT says:

    From the 70’s on —NONE of these directors
    has had ANY second act.

    NONE of them have delivered the revelatory.

    ALLLL of them have been shamelessly, disgracefully —‘on board’.

  13. mahdee says:

    David is also busy with the David Lynch Foundation that teaches the Transcendental Meditation technique to War Veterans suffering from PTSD, (post traumatic stress disorder) – helping them to live free from the devastating hold this stress disorder can have on their lives. This technique has been proven to be very successful so that vets may return to living normal lives.

  14. lydiagaebe says:

    As long as the directors for the new series have creative visions in the spirit of Lynch and the original TP I’ll be happy. I’ll be even happier if the new series is shot in the ORIGINAL LOCATIONS of the original. Meaning North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, Carnation, Monroe, Snohomish, and Everett, WA. There is no reason this revial cannot be shot totally on location with LOCAL talent for minor acting roles and crew positions. The long running show “Northern Exposure’ was shot in a sound stage in Redmond, and locations in Roslyn, WA. It can be done and should be done in King and Snohomish Counties!

  15. Myke Steele says:

    That dancing short guy is asking for too much money

  16. Parkour says:

    If David Lynch won’t direct the ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival – then I am not watching.
    You have to give him the budget (even if it cost billions). This director deserves it.
    There is no Twin Peaks without David Lynch.
    The director influenced a generation.

    How can you make Twin Peaks without David Lynch? Showtime needs to reconsider.

  17. Ava Hunter says:

    Lynch only directed six Twin Peaks episodes including the two hour pilot. He co-wrote four episodes. He has co-wrote all of season three. Let him walk, get his daughter to direct.

    • True, but if you name your six favorite episodes, they’re probably the ones he directed.

    • I’d be more than happy if they got him to direct just 1-2 episodes, preferably the premiere and/or the finale. Really, though, having him stick to the premiere might be safer since he’s been known to alter plans midway through filming and the finale, currently, is supposed to have closure to it and he might change course on that if you let him direct the finale. That said, having him direct only the finale would be a nice way to bring things full circle and there would be a sense of anticipation to his return that would hold Lynch purists through the other episodes.

  18. OK, guys, why do I suspect you must have screwed up? I think Lynch is not only a genius, but honest. If you want a Mozart, you can’t nickel & dime him. Even if you lose money on a masterpiece, you will win fame & admiration for all time. Please do the WORLD a favor & pay Lynch what he wants!

  19. jay tea says:

    C’mon Lynch do it for your fans. Wasn’t the first few episodes of TP made on a shoestring budget? What if Michael Angelo walked out of the painting the Sistine Chapel without completing it? You can do it.

  20. David K says:

    Come on Showtime-you’re not only second to HBO now, you’re third to Netflix. Step up your game

  21. tyreecallahan says:

    HBO/Netflix/Amazon should give them the money they want.

  22. Liz says:

    What’s the point of watching Twin Peaks without Frost and Lynch!?!?!?

    • It would be Lynch and Frost’s scripts. The issue right now is whether it’s also Lynch directing. That said, he didn’t direct most of the original show either. I think the idea of having him direct every episode of the revival was unrealistic anyway. 1-2 episodes and a Gordon Cole appearance or two would be plenty on top of using his scripts.

      • Z says:

        It’d be Lynch&Frost first drafts at the best. I doubt they’d had already finished the real scripts and furthermore we’re talking about David Lynch. He usually rewrites the story while filming it, and Twin Peaks is a good example of that. I’m not saying it’s gonna be unwatchable, but it definitely won’t be Lynch&Frost Twin Peaks, it’ll be some other people developing a few of the (very early I’m afraid) ideas Lynch&Frost had for this “second coming”. Could be good anyway.

  23. Please don’t leave us again David! Not again. *sad face*

  24. Sean Clark says:

    Then I won’t be watching. Showtime should just cancel it.

  25. THEPUPPETMAN says:

    Mr David Lynch is a class act. It’s brilliant that he calls it as he see it. Straight shooter!

  26. Alex says:

    This is really bad.

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