UPDATE, 5:33 PM Barely more than an hour after David Lynch said he was pulling out of the Twin Peaks revival over money issues, Showtime issued a statement saying it’s still trying to resolve deal points with Lynch and his reps. Here’s the full statement from the cable network:
“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.”
“This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark (Frost) and David tastes more delicious than ever,” said Showtime’s David Nevins soon afterward in a statement. “Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!” While the new Twin Peaks will now be more than the nine episodes declared earlier this year by the premium cabler, there are no details yet on how many more.
‘Twin Peaks’ Sets Production Start Date, Eyes Possible 2016 Debut On Showtime
Not surprisingly, Twin Peaks dominated Showtime’s TCA executive session. At the top, Showtime Networks president David Nevins announced that the followup series from David Lynch and Mark Frost is slated to start production in September. Lynch is set to direct all episodes. He and Frost actually wrote one long script. Lynch will shoot the series continuously as a movie, and later cut it into episodes. Originally envisioned as being 9 episodes, the series will likely run longer but the exact number of episodes is still in flux and won’t be known until after filming is completed, Nevins said.
Nevins declined comment on castings for Twin Peaks beyond the announced return of star Kyle MacLachlan. (the casting for the series is handled by Lynch’s company), but said that “you should be optimistic that the people you want to be there will be there, in addition to some surprises.”
Originally slated for a 2017 premiere, there is hope that Twin Peaks could be ready for 2016 but there is no pressure on Lynch, who has complete creative control over the project. “I’ll take it when it’s ready,” Nevins said. “I hope that’s sooner rather than later.”
“I’m excited to tell you that David Lynch is now more than halfway through his shooting schedule, and the limited series will premiere in the first half of 2017”, Nevins said. The new season originally had eyed for 2017. Nevins in the summer expressed hope that the show may be ready for a 2016 premiere but that was considered a long shot. The followup series is now locked in for early 2017.
Lynch is directing all episodes from one long script he wrote with fellow Twin Peaks co-creator Frost. Lynch is shooting the series continuously as a movie, and will later cut it into episodes. Originally envisioned as being 9 episodes, the series was expected to run longer.
Nevins said that he went to the editing room and watched 24 minutes, calling the material “stupendous.”
Star Kyle MacLachlan is the only cast member confirmed for the new Twin Peaks season. I’d heard other original cast members making a return include Sherilyn Fenn Fenn, Miguel Ferrer, Sheryl Lee, David Patrick Kelly and possibly Richard Beymer. New additions are believed to include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, Robert Knepper, Balthazar Getty, and Amanda Seyfried.
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