In stunning news sure to disappoint devotees, venerable director David Lynch has announced that he will not direct Showtime’s remake of the cult classic Twin Peaks. A string of tweets on his twitter account on Sunday divulged that, after one year and four months of negotiations, the director was pulling the plug due to lack of proper funding.
Showtime representatives issued a response, saying they were attempting to resolve issues with Lynch and his representatives. The revival of the hit series, which originally aired in the 1990’s, was set to feature both David Lynch and original co-creator Mark Frost at the helm again. The two have already collaborated on the scripts for nine episodes that would have aired some time next year. Actor Kyle MacLachlan was tapped to reprise his acclaimed Agent Dale Cooper role for the series.
The cult-favorite Twin Peaks originally aired with 29 episodes from 1990 through 1991. This mysterious drama surrounded the FBI investigation of the murder of the fictional town’s homecoming queen. The program became one of the top-rated shows of that season and garnered international critical praise. It inspired the 1992 feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. The series developed a devoted fan base that is sure to be devastated by the news that Lynch will not direct the new Twin Peaks.
In a show of loyalty, several members of the cast from the proposed series posted a video completing the analogy “Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like…” Appearing literally one day before the 25th anniversary of the premier of the series, the video included Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) and even closed with a plea from Lynch’s daughter, Jennifer Chambers Lynch. While MacLachlan and the iconic Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna Hayward) did not appear in the impassioned posting, there is certainly consensus among the cast that there can be no remake of Twin Peaks without its fabled chief.
The esteemed director was born in a small town in Montana much like the ones he venerates in Twin Peaks and other iconic works like the smash Blue Velvet. Many of his films and television work are epitomized by the use of dream sequences and vivid colors to connect character and plot development. He is widely regarded as one of the industry’s foremost auteurs in becoming synonymous with the identity of his work.
Lynch has a history of eccentricity, but insiders feel this action is due to his commitment to do things right or not at all. Both Frost and Lynch control the rights to the series; an unusual arrangement for the days when the ABC series originally aired. The trouble reportedly emerged after it appeared that production expenses would exceed the initial commitment from Showtime. Company sources say that Showtime countered with more funding at the expense of profit-sharing with its creators.
Showtime president David Nevins has been in direct contact with the director, in order to remedy the situation. Complicating the resolution of conflict, however, is the absence of Lynch’s long-time attorney David Hansen (of Hansen Jacobson). Insiders say that Hansen was not involved in the decision, and is not representing him in the matter.
Showtime is said to be intensifying its efforts to restore negotiations. Ardent supporters have even taken to the internet with a “Save Twin Peaks” petition. Fan dismay is palpable with the news that David Lynch will not direct the new version of Twin Peaks.
By Chris Marion
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