Lynch Talks Abandoning Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”

Like many filmmakers, David Lynch has a long list of projects he was considering involvement in at one time or another. One of those forgotten potentials was a film adaptation of Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella “The Metamorphosis.”

That story follows a traveling salesman who wakes up to find he’s been turned into a giant insect, and the story deals with how the change impacts his family. Speaking at the Rome Film Festival this week (via Screen), Lynch took part in an hour-long session to discuss the third series of “Twin Peaks” and the Kafka project came up during the conversation.

He revealed that he got further than you might expect on the project, then realised the pointlessness of his task: “Once I finished writing the script for a feature film adaptation I realised that Kafka’s beauty is in his words. That story is so full of words that when I was finished writing I realised it was better on paper than it could ever be on film.”

As for more “Twin Peaks,” he says it is: “too soon to tell if a fourth season is going to happen.”