I’ll be straight up front when I heard that Twin Peaks was going to return for a third season and David Lynch would also be coming along for the ride I was pretty damn excited. I love Lynch’s work and was a massive fan of Twin Peaks, so to have the two coming back was like a dream come true. Today we have some bad news.
Last month rumours began circulating when Lynch hinted that things weren’t going as smoothly as he hoped with the distributing network Showtime. Now today we hear that the director, creator, writer and general mastermind of the greatness that is Twin Peaks, has removed himself from the production, citing that the issues with funding from Showtime was the problem.
As it turns out Lynch never signed a contract to direct the series, and terms were still being negotiated between him and the network. Ultimately the terms could not be agreed upon, leaving Lynch with nothing else to do but announce that he’s leaving the project.
Lynch posted this announcement on his Facebook page:
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.
If like me you might have felt like you’ve just had your heart ripped out, thrown to a hungry hyena and torn to shreds, don’t freak out just yet. Not all is lost. Both Lynch and series co-creator Mark Frost have completed scripts for all nine episodes of the planned third series. Should the series still be produced by Showtime, even though Lynch won’t be returning to the directing chair, we’ll at least have his narrative vision for the third and final season of Twin Peaks. Which is better than nothing right?
I still can’t help but think that Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like cereal without milk. It’s just wrong.
Will you still watch it?