David Lynch Leaves TWIN PEAKS Revival
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.