There’s been some bumps in the road, as much as there has been speculation over hard facts, but “Twin Peaks” is coming. And today, at the Television Critics Association, Showtime Networks President David Nevins revealed a few more concrete details, but also admitted much was still being ironed out as David Lynch returns behind the camera.
In fact, we had heard recently that like the original incarnation of show—of which Lynch had only directed six episodes, and the prequel movie “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me“—multiple directors would be handling this new season, but it would appear Showtime pushed for Lynch to completely take the reins, and that conversation was part of the overall contract negotiation troubles that surfaced earlier this year.
“What happened was it became clear it was going to take more than nine episodes which was what we originally planned and budgeted for the length of the series. We had to work out the details of the series and I really wanted David to direct the whole thing. We eventually got through it,” Nevins told Slashfilm. That sure sounds like Lynch is doing the whole thing, and the way production is arranged, is not dissimilar to what Cary Fukunaga did for the first season of “True Detective.”
“They’re going to shoot the whole thing and then they’re going to start post. Bottom line is I’ll take it when they’re ready with it. I can’t get any clear whether it’s ’16 or ’17 but I’m hoping sooner than later,” Nevins said. Most TV shows usually have an episode or two in post-production, as other filmmakers step in to direct the next episode, so it would be unusual not to do any post until all shooting is finished unless it was under one guiding hand. And while 18 episodes had been previously reported, all the network honcho knows at the moment is that officially, there will (probably) be more than nine.
“They’re going to decide,” he said. “I expect it to be more than nine but it’s open ended. I know what his shooting schedule and I’ll let him cut it into as many episodes as wants to. He’s directing it as one long movie is basically how he’s approaching it.”
Only Kyle MacLachlan is officially confirmed at the moment, as casting is apparently still underway, though Nevins says the process is “fairly clear where it’s going.” So, see you in 2016 or 2017 for nine our more episodes of “True Detective.” Hopefully more details arrive as the production start nears.