Has David Lynch Quit Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks’?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It would seem that David Lynch has gotten in the driver’s seat and put the town of Twin Peaks in his rearview mirror.

The director has recently confirmed what there have been rumblings about for a few weeks now – that there was trouble behind the scenes. Lynch was writing the nine-episode series for Showtime with Mark Frost and was going to direct the entire third season. They were working on getting many of the original cast involved as well. But according to a series of tweets, it looks like that may not happen.

Lynch tweeted the following:

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 released this statement in response:

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.

Could this all just be a ploy to try and publicly shame Showtime into giving up the cash for this? If so, it could set a dangerous precedent for the network. They can’t let one man hold a project hostage – but it isn’t really Twin Peaks without David Lynch. If the network decided to go forward, they’d have an uphill battle with a disgruntled fan base that’s mad that the creator of Twin Peaks isn’t involved in its revival.

Whatever happens, this is a sad day for Twin Peaks fans. Let’s hope a resolution can be reached quickly and both parties can put this ugly little incident behind them.

 

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