David Lynch Leaves TWIN PEAKS Revival

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David Lynch Leaves TWIN PEAKS Revival
Oddball veteran filmmaker David Lynch announced in a flurry of tweets earlier today that he is leaving Showtime's revival series of his mould-breaking TV show Twin Peaks, which originally aired back in 1990.

Lynch was set to direct the 9-episode event series based on scripts already written by himself and original co-creator Mark Frost. Lynch stated "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 will be a huge blow for Showtime, who have already reassembled a number of the show's original cast members, including Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise and Lara Flynn Boyle. Lynch had yet to sign his contract, and now it looks like that won't be happening. However, Lynch went on to reassure his followers that "Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime" after rumours began to circulate earlier in the week that the project was dead.

Showtime was quick to follow-up on Lynch's comments with their own statement:

"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 new series was set to begin shooting soon eyeing a 2016 release date. We can only hope that Lynch is trying to use fan reaction to his departure as a final negotiating tool with Showtime, as the prospect of Twin Peaks going ahead without Lynch's involvement suddenly seems far less appealing. 

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TheTaskmasterApril 5, 2015 10:08 PM

what's your guess - with Lynch gone, what's the viewership drop? 20%? as much as 75%?

GetFiquetteApril 6, 2015 5:18 AM

I hope this is just Lynch's tactic just to get more money to do it his way proper. Fingers crossed they will get him back.

MehliensApril 6, 2015 7:47 AM

Thats everybody's guess. But I can tell you that the percentage of the show having the same charm and spark as the first season are dropping by 100% and chances that it will suck like the second half of season 2 will increase by 100%

Todd BrownApril 6, 2015 8:08 AM

That's certainly the fear, though balancing that some is the fact that while the first time around ABC directly interfered with the content of the show - forcing Lynch and Frost to reveal Laura's killer, which they NEVER intended to do - this time all nine episodes have already been written. The entire course of the season has already been set by Lynch and Frost themselves, regardless of who ends up directing. The second half of series two stumbled less because Lynch was away doing Wild At Heart and more because ABC forced MAJOR unplanned changes to the plot line and they had to adjust on the fly.

There's also the simple fact that while the first time around Twin Peaks was enormously groundbreaking - there was literally nothing else like it - while now television is far more embracing of this sort of material and there is an entire generation of filmmakers out there hugely influenced by Lynch and the original show.

That said, I'm very much with James in hoping that this is Lynch negotiating in public to get what he wants and that Showtime gives it to him. Hell, if they were to launch a crowdfunding campaign to top up the budget from what Showtime thinks the business model will sustain to what Lynch wants to do it, I'd throw a few bucks into that today.

MehliensApril 6, 2015 8:24 AM

If they messed it up once they can sure succeed at it a second time as well... in a completely non ironic way. I'd help crowdfunding this in a heartbeat. Lynch or similar obscure directors like Cronenberg should really look into options like that.

MehliensApril 6, 2015 8:56 AM

Regardless who is directing? That statement does not compute at all. Most directors nowadays are so worthless they couldn't direct this WITH (double) the budget Lynch asks for probably. The rest who might can't hold a candle to Lynch. I just smell suits being very cheap and greedy fucking this up. Lynch noticed and pulled the plug himself.

Todd BrownApril 6, 2015 9:02 AM

Yes, regardless of who is directing the entire series run of episodes have already been written by Lynch and Frost. Nothing's been said by anyone to indicate Showtime doesn't intend to use those scripts. Lynch hasn't pulled them back.

Important to note here as well that Lynch directed only SIX episodes of the thirty episode run of the original series, and only two of those were within the first series (the pilot and episode three). So while, yes, Twin Peaks without Lynch ran off the rails somewhat you can also make the argument that the best run Twin Peaks had was ALSO without Lynch directing.

He directed the pilot and set the tone with that, and from that point on his directorial presence in series one (one of seven subsequent episodes) was roughly equal to his directorial presence in series two (four of twenty two episodes in series two). If you treat the pilot as a separate entity (which they are, really) Lynch directed a HIGHER percentage of series two than of series one.

Interesting also that NOBODY is talking about Mark Frost in all of this, Frost included. Twin Peaks is not solely Lynch's show and never was.

MehliensApril 6, 2015 9:12 AM

I got what you meant. But what makes my mind boggle is how anyone could entertain the idea that a show like this could be directed by anyone with a budget so low that the original creator (who is known for successfully shooting low budget anyway) turns away from it. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

Todd BrownApril 6, 2015 9:17 AM

I would want to know what the budget is that Showtime is offering before accepting Lynch's statement about budget at face value. Cable routinely pays more per episode BY FAR than Lynch has had as the entire budget of almost every feature he's ever made.

MehliensApril 6, 2015 9:18 AM

Yeah, good point. Something is really odd about this.

Todd BrownApril 6, 2015 9:22 AM

Public negotiations, I think. That Frost hasn't weighed in tells me he's still engaged. Deals are (apparently) already in place with key cast. Scripts are already written and have been for a while, so Showtime would've already had a line producer go through them and know what the costs are. My guess here is that the real argument is over back end splits, how digital and SVOD sales are valued, etc moreso than the actual shooting budget of episodes. That's just a guess, granted, but you don't negotiate for over a year about how much it costs to shoot an hour of TV. There are hundreds of line producers out there that can work that out to the dollar in a couple days.

MehliensApril 6, 2015 9:40 AM

Poor David, and ultimately a very sad day for Lynch fans. Finally he was so close to return to film and now we may not see his return for a long time. Lynch is the type of guy who withdraws when things don't fall into place in a way he deems right.

MehliensApril 6, 2015 10:00 AM

Lynch did direct the episodes that really mattered tho and they are clearly of better quality than all the others by far. I also think I read that he also consulted on set for almost every episode until he dropped out.

MehliensApril 6, 2015 10:26 AM

Lynch owns TP now in a way as a director and is part of the "Lynchverse". He directed FWWM and was also announced as the guy who'd direct the 9 episodes of season 3. So technically he is overshadowing everything that has to do with TP now by good measure and thats how I feel it's supposed to be. If Frost steps in maybe not all is lost.

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arturoApril 6, 2015 12:19 PM

I had high hopes for this show, for now I'm on the fence, I hope they work something out..

Don DryeApril 6, 2015 12:32 PM

I find it very strange that Lynch & Frost pulls out this late in pre-production, it's not like these guys have many other projects going on for them at the moment.
Although I can't blame Lynch for being cautious after failed/troubled productions like "Dune" and "Mulholland Drive" (as a series).

MehliensApril 6, 2015 12:43 PM

Lynch was very enthusiastic about TP. It basically marked his return after a long period of not being interested in film at all. Now I fear that he will be so pissed about the film business that he is going to withdraw for another long period. I hope I'm wrong tho

Don DryeApril 6, 2015 5:56 PM

Me too.
The world of cinema could use some Lynch at the moment.

ZetoApril 6, 2015 9:12 PM

Lynch off Twin Peaks = I'm off Twin Peaks

ZetoApril 6, 2015 9:14 PM

Who's directing is everything.

ZetoApril 6, 2015 9:15 PM

No Lynch, no Twin Peaks.

Todd BrownApril 7, 2015 4:52 AM

I've seen nothing at all to suggest Frost has pulled out. Granted, I've been on planes for the past 9 hours, but when I checked before leaving every story had been entirely silent where Frost was concerned as had he himself. Nothing on his Twitter account for a good while now. As near as I can tell, he's still attached.