David Lynch quits Twin Peaks

Cult 1990s show revival looks likely to go ahead without him…

It’s the 25th anniversary of the first episode of Twin Peaks today and that should be a happy time for fans. However, the event was tinged with sadness as director David Lynch has confirmed he will no longer be a part of the revival of the cult 1990s television show that was set to return in 2016.

David Lynch

Featured in issue 36 of MyM, the offbeat TV series was created by Lynch and Mark Frost, and saw Kyle MacLachlan’s quirky FBI agent investigating the murder of a high school girl in a small Pacific Northwest town. The groundbreaking series is considered one of the most influential shows in TV history. Lynch broke the news about his departure in a series of tweets, saying that the show’s third season will continue without him. He said he felt the network had not offered enough money to properly produce the show.

“I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently,” he tweeted. “After one year and four 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.”

Showtime, which will air the nine-episode comeback, said it was “saddened” by Lynch’s decision. “We believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points,” read the company’s statement. “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.”

Many of the original cast members have already signed on to the new season, including MacLachlan. Fans still hope that the promise of murder victim Laura Palmer, who said in the original series that she would “see you again in 25 years”, holds true.

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