Showtime’s revival of Twin Peaks just hit a bump in the road. David Lynch announced via Twitter and Facebook that he would not be directing the new show. The issue appears to have been money. Lynch implies that he was not getting the budget he wanted and didn’t want to compromise his vision for the show:
“Dear Facebook 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.”
The cast had made no statements at this point about the announcement. Showtime has stated the show will go forward:
“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.”
Lynch and partner Mark Frost had written the nine episodes but Lynch had agreed to direct all nine as well.
It will be interesting to see who steps in to direct the show. The fact that Lynch had written the episodes already makes me happy enough to still give the show a try when in airs in 2016. Although it will definitely be lacking without Lynch’s unique directorial vision.
Lynch’s Facebook statement can be found here: