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Showtime Chief on David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: “It’s His Show”

Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show"

After fighting to wrest creative, and financial, control of the revival of his “Twin Peaks”—and winning—David Lynch is set to direct the limited series event return on Showtime in 2017.

It won’t be a remake but, instead, will be set in the present day
continuing the storylines established in the first two seasons that
aired on ABC between 1990 and 1991. Set 25 years later, the limited series episodes will pick up the plot threads baked into the tense final two episodes of season two, which included Agent Cooper’s journey into the Black Lodge.

In a new interview with CNN, Showtime chief David Nevins said “I’ve read all the scripts,” leading us to believe he means the nine episodes originally slated. “I need [Lynch] to get in the can and start editing.”

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After giving Lynch the money he wanted, Nevins said, “There are going to be sky-high expectations, but we’re delivering the real thing, with the same characters and the same creators. So I have high expectations, too.” Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee and much of the original cast will all be returning this time around.

“The most ardent fans, die-hard fans, expectations are not higher than mine,” Nevins told CNN. “It’s his show. I’m giving him enormous creative control.” More than he gives other people? “Yes. Contractually… He deserves. All that said, we talk about it all the time. He’s very engaging, he’s fun, he’s charming, how he wants to attack this has been marinating for a very long time.”

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For one, though David Lynch was seduced by digital HD to make “Inland Empire,” he’s now falling back in love with film, and has said he plans to shoot his new season on celluloid.

So how did Showtime convince the notoriously elusive Lynch? In a twist on the typical pitching process, Nevins said in a past interview, “I was kind of begging them and hoping to pass muster with David Lynch,” who admired the disturbing artwork in Nevins’ office, with one piece that included “a bookshelf falling on a young girl; it’s unclear which direction it’s going. I think he liked it, and we were off in business.”

At a May panel, Fenn and Lee teased an “18-episode order,” and while
Showtime has yet to confirm, Nevins did say “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.” Pre-production is now underway.

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