David Lynch’s long-awaited Twin Peaks revival is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a cup of coffee and some cherry pie. Luckily for us, Showtime execs did drop a bit of intel at the recent TCA press tour.
The network’s President of Programming Gary Levine confirmed shooting has ended, though Lynch is taking his time with the editing process (they didn’t even show off a trailer for reporters in attendance, just a sizzle reel), so they don’t even know how many episodes it will run at this point (or how long each one might be). Judging by his tone, it seems Lynch has carte blanche in most regards, so long as it ends with Showtime getting to show a new season of Twin Peaks.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments via /Film:
“It is a fluid process. David Lynch who is doing it all, he co-wrote with Mark [Frost], he directed every episode, he’s editing every episode, scoring every episode. It’s a process of seeing how it evolved. That organism continues to evolve. Until he’s figured that out and shows it to us, we actually won’t know.
Everything about Twin Peaks is going to be unconventional. Unconventional in the handling of it and how we put it out in the world and how we market it. I want to really embrace the unusualness of it. I think it is quite possible we’re not going to do a traditional release pattern. I don’t know exactly what that means yet. I’ve had a couple conversations with David but I want to embrace the unexpectedness of it. I could definitely see longer episodes or this question of how do we release it linearly and how do we release it for people who want to stream it. There may be some difference between the two. There’s all sorts of possibilities.”
He added that the dailies he saw from the shooting process looked great, and it’s basically in Lynch’s hands now to put it all together. Interestingly, he also revealed that the script for the season was essentially one long script — which is why Lynch is now working to break it up into episodic chapters. That’s both fascinating and a bit unsettling.
We really want to see some footage from this show, but it seems we'll still have to wait at least a little bit closer to that "early 2017" air date. Oh well, at least we have the original series soundtrack on coffee-themed vinyl to keep us busy in the meantime (seriously, it looks pretty awesome).