The damn fine cups of coffee of many a Twin Peaks fan may have crashed to the floor in shock this morning (April 6), following a statement from David Lynch.
Yesterday, the writer/director announced via a series of tweets and messages to fan pages that he would no longer be directing the new Twin Peaks series scheduled to premiere on Showtime next year.
"After 1 year and 4 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.”
Showtime's responding statement, however, indicates that Lynch may not be out of the picture just yet:
“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.”
Lynch and Frost have already written all nine episodes for the limited series.
Some have speculated that Lynch's announcement was a power move to get the fandom behind him as far as negotiations. If that's the case, it seems to be working, as thousands of fans have expressed how crucial Lynch's role as a director would be for the series. A "Save Twin Peaks" petition on change.org already has over 8,000 signatures.
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