The on-again, off-again stint of David Lynch coming back as the director of Showtime’s Twin Peaks reboot is back on again. On Friday, both Showtime and director, David Lynch, confirmed the news. When he pulled out of directing the reboot about a month ago, the fate of the reboot and how it might be accepted by fans of the original series was very much up in the air.
According to David Nevins, President of Showtime Networks, Inc., “David will direct the whole thing.” Also, Showtime now plans to increase the number of episodes beyond the nine hours it had originally had plans to air. Nevins added in his statement “Pre-production starts now!!”
“Rumors Are Not What They Seem”
Though director David Lynch had pulled out of directing the Showtime reboot of Twin Peaks, apparently he had not planned to drop the project altogether, at least not if certain conditions were met. He tweeted that “the rumors are not what they seem,” adding that his directing the show is “Happening again.” The co-creator of the series, Mark Frost, tweeted a similar message about the surrealist director, Lynch, coming back to direct the series.
Lynch brought his unique perspective and vision to the original series, Twin Peaks, making it into a cult hit. Showtime hopes that lightning will strike twice, and that the reboot will prove to be equally popular, if not more so.
Lynch said in April that the reason he was departing the project and would not be directing the reboot of the series was that the budget was not sufficient enough, he wrote, “to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.”
Showtime must have decided to pony up some extra cash to help David Lynch fulfill his vision for what he wants the Twin Peaks reboot to look like. That likely translates to a very weird, but intellectually stimulating and very cool series, if all goes well from here on out.
What makes the news that Lynch will be returning to direct the Twin Peaks reboot even better is that Showtime is planning for the series to go into more episodes than the nine hours that the network had previously announced. The exact amount of hours has not been specifically mentioned, but many new series have seasons of 13 episodes. If the same holds true for Twin Peaks, and each episode is an hour long, the first season (maybe the only season, but fans will be crossing their fingers) of the series will run for 13 hours.
Fans and Cast Members Big Reason for Lynch’s Return to ‘Twin Peaks’
Reportedly, in an email credited to Lynch, he mentioned that a huge social media campaign that the fans of Twin Peaks and former cast members took part in was a big reason for his returning to direct the series. Some of the former cast members who were involved in the campaign to bring Lynch back as the director were Sheryl Lee, who played Maddy Ferguson, Madchen Amick, starring as Shelly Johnson, and Sherilyn Fenn, who played Audrey Horne.
Showtime announced the news about wanting to add a reboot of the twisted but mesmerizing series, Twin Peaks, to their schedule back in October 2014. At the time, co-creators Frost and Lynch stated that the series would be aired in 2016, and it would run for nine episodes with Lynch directing all of the episodes. That all changed in April, when Lynch announced that he would be leaving the project because the budget was not sufficient enough to make the show like he wanted it to be done.
Even then, Showtime execs, likely being big fans of Twin Peaks, themselves, which originally aired from 1990 to 1991, had expressed the hope that Lynch would return at some point and take over the helm as the director. For whatever reason the network decided to increase the show’s budget and also expand the number of episodes, Twin Peaks has gotten new life, and David Lynch will be back, once again blowing the minds of viewers like he did with the original series.
Written By Douglas Cobb
TIME: The Twin Peaks Reboot Is Happening and David Lynch Is Back on Board
Entertainment Weekly (blog): David Lynch returns to Twin Peaks reboot
Wall Street Journal (blog): David Lynch Is Returning to Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks’
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