Last year we found out that Showtime is putting back together the old Twin Peaks team for another season – one could hope for another two, even three…sky’s the limit.
Unfortunately on the 5th of April, David Lynch, one of the creators of the original show, announced on Twitter that he won’t be participating any more in the project due to Showtime not paying him enough for the script.
As a die-hard Twin Peaks fan, this news saddens me greatly. It was even rumoured that for the last year and a half Lynch, and co-creator Mark Frost, had written 9 episodes – the show was set to air in 2016. Even Kyle MacLachlan stated he was eager to return as Agent Dale Cooper under Lynch’s supervision.
This doesn’t mean that the show got cancelled, it only means that one of the greatest directors, and writer, isn’t going to be on the project.
Showtime has since issued a formal response to David’s tweets –
We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. 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.
Some members of the original cast took to social media, and YouTube to express their opinions regarding David Lynch not being on the show – a hilarious video can bee seen right here.
David Lynch’s Twin Peaks premièred in 1990 and it was a hit, nation-wide and internationally – the show ended in 1991 without answering anything, and it left us hanging for more ever since. It has garnered a huge cult fan base and it has become a part of pop culture – tons of references to the show, show’s characters, and its creators have been made in commercials, comic books, video games, films, television and even song lyrics.
In 1992 we were blessed with a prequel, that is also an epilogue, called Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me – but it wasn’t enough to satisfy our insatiable thirst.
Twin Peaks tells the story of an FBI Special Agent named Dale Cooper that investigates the murder of Laura Palmer, a homecoming queen with a lot of secrets under her helm. She was loved and known by everybody – it was, after all, a small town where everyone knew each other. The news of her untimely demise spread quickly and loved ones were shocked that Laura was found dead. Soon after the events that crippled Laura’s family with grief, another girl was found – this time not dead, but badly injured. Ronette Pulaski was found on state lines so the town’s Sheriff, Harry S. Truman, was obliged to call in the FBI – this is were Kyle MacLachlan, who plays Special Agent Dale Cooper finally comes in.
It’s an incredible story about murder, betrayal, love, and some utter confusing key elements that we hope Lynch is going to answer in the up-coming season – I’m still hopeful that a deal will be struck with Showtime.
But it isn’t just about the world Lynch and Frost created, neither is it about how great the actors portrayed their roles – it’s about how the show sends you to an eerie world fuelled by mind-boggling events that have no logical answer. Everything is enveloped in Angelo Badalamenti’s beautiful soundtrack, where, at times, it created such an ominous scene that you could feel anxiety creeping up.
It’s like all the planets in the universe aligned and made everyone on the crew meet each-other so they could create such a beautiful tale. There is a sweet video about Angelo Badalamenti explaining how he composed Twin Peak’s main theme, with David Lynch by his side telling him his vision – a lonely girl, named Laura Palmer got herself stuck in a dark forest, covered in sycamore trees, and she tried to escape her faith, only to find out that Fate has other plans for her.
You can watch the video right here.
We can only hope that Showtime and Lynch will strike an agreement, because Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like a percolator without its fish.