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Does Anyone Want A Lynch-Less 'Twin Peaks'?

By Brock Wilbur | Miscellaneous | April 5, 2015 |

By Brock Wilbur | Miscellaneous | April 5, 2015 |

On Easter morning we got a bit of terrible news. The rumors are flying that the Showtime Twin Peaks 2015 series, which had already suffered a delay, might be getting axed entirely.


The latest update comes via the official Twin Peaks Festival Facebook page:

We just received the this message from David Lynch’s office:

Dear Facebook Friends, David wanted me to pass along the following statement:

Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks.

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.

I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.

So. After laying out the plan for a short final season to the show, and transmedia plan to convey all the story elements that have happened over the last few decades, it seems Lynch is out but Peaks might move forward without him.

Who wants a David Lynch-less Twin Peaks?


As a huge fan of the series, who felt devastated by the cancellation news this morning, this is such a double edged sword. Word is that the scripts for these final episodes have already been written, but honestly, what is a David Lynch script without David Lynch to guide it? What the hell would another director, sound designer, or editor do with only the script to Mulholland Drive and no further instructions? Aren’t we signing up for Lynch’s particular brand of occult entertainment, or is it possible that this is a promising start for something new? Obviously, if you hope these few episodes will conclude a mystery, we’d want the man who built that world to finally close the circuit. But, perhaps under new creative control, this could be the start of a whole new life for the show.

Longtime fans also know that the period in Season Two where Mark Frost had to leave the show for a film gig resulted in Lynch running completely off the rails and producing some gobsmackingly poor storylines that would eventually doom the show. And, to be completely honest, what was the last Lynch directed project that meant as much to you as this early work? Was it anything produced in the last ten years?

Also, there’s so many questions to be asked of Showtime in this situation, including why they would enter into a production of this size if they weren’t prepared to finance it to Lynch’s specifications, and more frighteningly, how on earth would you attempt to market a Lynch-less Twin Peaks to some of the most die-hard fans in pop-culture?


Would you tune in for this, or would it just be making something weird for weird’s sake?