David Lynch leaves 'Twin Peaks' reboot and we are weeping into our coffee
Hug your warm coffee close to your heart this morning, Twin Peaks fans, because we’re about to drop some cold news. On Sunday, David Lynch announced via Twitter that he has left the Showtime reboot of the beloved and bizarre 1990s cult classic due to budgetary concerns. Although this doesn’t mean the reboot won’t be made, the whole thing could take on a totally different feel if Lynch isn’t involved.
On Sunday, Lynch had this to say on Twitter: “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.”
He also told fans that he was letting actors know that he was leaving the show, and pointed out that it is “still very much alive at Showtime.”
“I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently,” he added.
Fans responded by encouraging him to take the show to HBO or Netflix, and a few even suggested starting Kickstarter campaigns to get Lynch the lacking funds. (Brilliant idea!)
Showtime responded with their own statement, which seemed to suggest they were holding out hope to change Lynch’s mind:
“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.”
Same, Showtime. Same.
Last month, there were signs that things weren’t exactly going smoothly between the director and the network. Vulture reported in March that Lynch had publicly expressed concerns over contract “complications” and that the show might be delayed. Still, Lynch seemed optimistic about revisiting the world of Twin Peaks. “I think it will be very special to go back into that world,” he told an Australian ABC News outlet.
The nine-episode reboot was slated to return in 2016, and Lynch’s veteran work-buddy Kyle MacLachlan was a lock to reprise the role of Agent Dale Cooper. Also, the show’s original co-creator Mark Frost, had already penned the new scripts. Long, deep sigh.
We’re not ready to give up on Twin Peaks yet. Sure, this news is disheartening, and maybe it will push that premiere date back, but we’re holding out hope that the show will return, some way or another, with Lynch at the helm.