Showtime executives confirmed that David Lynch will direct all episodes, with the production doing some shooting in Washington state in September.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The winding road back to TV continues for Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival. Announced last fall, the project appeared to fall apart in April after series co-creator David Lynch announced he was out because “not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.”
“Twin Peaks” fans were incensed, and the show’s cast began voicing support for Lynch’s vision of the revival on social media. In May, Lynch announced he was back in but co-creator Mark Frost indicated new episodes, announced for 2016, wouldn’t be ready until 2017.
At Tuesday morning’s Showtime executive news conference, Showtime President David Nevins said he never doubted Lynch would be back on board.
“This was a huge priority project,” said Nevins, a self-proclaimed fan of the original “Twin Peaks.” “What happened is it became clear it was going to take more than nine episodes, which is what was originally planned for and originally budgeted for. We had to work out the details and I really wanted to get David to direct the whole thing and we eventually got through it and I think it’s looking to be in great shape.”
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Nevins confirmed Lynch will direct all episodes with the production shooting in Washington state and Los Angeles beginning in September.
“He’s directing it as one long movie,” Nevins said. “That’s how he’s approaching it.”
As for the timing of when it will air and the episode count, that’s up in the air.
“I want it as badly and as soon as the biggest fans, so I’m hoping we make 2016 but it’s ultimately going to be in their control. … Bottom line, I’ll take it when they’re ready,” Nevins said, and the same goes for the number of episodes. “I expect it will be more than nine but it’s open-ended. I know his shooting schedule and then I’ll let him determine however many episodes it feels good at.”
Nevins said he’s read all the scripts and has had conversations with Lynch about the content but he said ultimately Lynch has creative control of the series, adding, “And I’m very happy to give it to him.”
As for the plot, Nevins was mum, except to say, “Twenty-five years have passed but it resolves the questions left from the original series.”
So far only Kyle MacLachlan has been announced as returning in the role of FBI agent Dale Cooper, and Nevins would not divulge any other cast.
“I think you should be optimistic that the people you want will be there,” he said, “and then there will be some surprises in addition.”
Showtime issued a tweet on behalf of the series: “Shooting starts in September. The donut truck is loaded late August. A coffee cup will indeed come through a window. #TwinPeaks.”