When I heard yesterday’s news that David Lynch is leaving the Twin Peaks reboot, I was devastated. That may sound extreme, but I was seriously looking forward to seeing where he would take the story in this new season. As you may recall from my previous post, ‘Twin Peaks’ is Returning, I watched Twin Peaks for the first time this past year and fell absolutely in love with the story and characters. The ending to the second season was so very incomplete (due to ABC pulling the plug after the second season finale, removing the chance of having a proper series finale) and like many other fans, I wanted to know what happened to everyone within the story world! Fire Walk with Me just wasn’t enough to satisfy my appetite for more.
How is it that TV can feel this important to one’s personal life?
Lynch shared on Twitter that the reason he left the project was because not enough money was offered to do the script the way he wanted it to be done, and I don’t blame him. Although Showtime is supposedly continuing with the series with co-creator Mark Frost, I can’t imagine it without Lynch at the helm. My hope is that by pulling out and causing an uproar, Showtime will see just how excited Twin Peaks fans are about this reboot and it will convince them to invest in Lynch’s vision.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a representative from Showtime shared their disappointment with Lynch’s decision to leave the project:
“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.”
I hope Showtime wins back Lynch to share the development, writing, and directing of the series alongside Frost – but until then, there’s always the original series on Netflix.