A while ago, the TV world rejoiced when Showtime announced that they’re bringing Twin Peaks back on air after twenty five years since Agent Dale Cooper disappeared into the Black Lodge. But some things are too good to be true: David Lynch has now announced that he’s stepping down from the director chair of the project, citing payment issues with Showtime. While the network insists that the negotiations aren’t off the table, it’s not a good sign for the upcoming revival (if it does continue without Lynch).
While reports are circling that Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost have already finished all the scripts for the new episodes, Twin Peaks without David Lynch directing just wouldn’t work (and if you don’t believe me, you obviously didn’t see the second season). Much of the cast and crew has already sided with Lynch and it’s difficult not to see why. While I don’t know how much money Lynch wants, he’s the mastermind and creative voice behind the series. Losing him would mean losing the essence of Twin Peaks, and even if the new episodes don’t suck, the fan reaction will still be tepid just because Lynch didn’t direct them. Showtime needs Lynch, and seeing their current lackluster programming, so does everyone else.
Showtime should take notes from Fox (something I’d never though I’d say), who are similarly rebooting The X-Files for a six-episode run, which has excited me even more than Twin Peaks‘ return. Fox has already signed contracts with creator Chris Carter as well as David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and William B. Davis, meaning that the episodes will happen the exact way fans want (and it’s likely that alumni like Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Glen Morgan, and James Wong will return). Showtime should have gotten these deals ahead of time so Lynch would be obligated to work on the season before announcing the reboot; now they’re just setting up fans’ disappointment. The best thing they can do is suck it up and give Lynch what he wants, but I’m not sure things will go down that smoothly.
But what do you guys think? Can Showtime make Twin Peaks good without Lynch? Or will the whole project fall apart?
Here’s Anthrax’s “Black Lodge” to cheer up sullen Twin Peaks fans