Yes, it's true: David Lynch announced on Sunday via posts on Twitter and Facebook that he was dropping out of Showtime's planned revival of Twin Peaks over budgetary issues. Lynch's full message read:
"Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks. 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."
Just over an hour after Lynch issued his comments, Showtime responded with a statement of its own:
“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.”
It was just six months ago that the return of Twin Peaks for a nine-episode season was announced, with Lynch directing the whole run, he and Frost writing all the scripts and most of the original cast coming back. But last month there were rumblings that negotiations between Lynch and Showtime were not going well, and sadly those rumors have now proven to be true.
Is Lynch really walking away, or is he just taking the dealmaking public in order to force Showtime's hand? It's hard to say. Lynch has not always played well in big corporate sandboxes (his film Mulholland Drive arose out of the ashes of a TV project for ABC that collapsed), so he may be chafing at all the red tape involved this time, too.
On the other hand, we can't really see any way that Showtime proceeds without Lynch. Yes, he actually directed only a few episodes of the original series, but it was his eccentric sensibility that created the unique tone and atmosphere of Twin Peaks. Even if the scripts have already been written and delivered to the network as reported, it's a huge disappointment to think that Lynch won't be directing them. Plus, we don't know if Frost or the cast will stick around without Lynch leading the way.
Where do you stand on this? Should Showtime agree to Lynch's terms and beg him to come back? Or can you see Twin Peaks moving forward without its legendary co-creator?