Showtime’s revival of the classic series “Twin Peaks” has hit a snag it would seem. The news came yesterday that show creator David Lynch has quit the series, the filmmaker seemingly departing the project via his Twitter feed.
Lynch and Mark Frost were writing the nine-episode third season of the show, with some of the core original cast members set to reprise their roles and Lynch set to direct all nine episodes. Talk of troubles during negotiations began not that long ago due to some comments made by Lynch in recent interviews, and talk at WonderCon over the weekend suggested the project was dead.
Yesterday though, according to Lynch, the project is NOT dead but he has dropped out after sixteen months of negotiations because “not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done”.
He then said “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.”
Within hours of these tweets, Showtime issued an official statement saying the network is still trying to make a deal happen:
“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.”
Is Lynch ‘negotiating in the press’ as it were? Or if he really is out, will the project continue on with co-creator Mark Frost only?