David Lynch Quits Showtime's Twin Peaks Revival


Showtime is moving forward with its upcoming revival of Twin Peaks, but original series creator David Lynch won’t be involved with the project.

On Sunday, Lynch’s office contacted the Twin Peaks Festival and confirmed that he'd dropped out of the reboot over a financial dispute. “After one year and four months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done,” Lynch wrote, according to a post on the festival’s Facebook page. “I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.”

See the full post here:

We just received the this message from David Lynch's office:Dear Facebook Friends, David wanted me to pass along the...

Posted by Twin Peaks Festival on Sunday, April 5, 2015


Lynch also announced his departure via a series of tweets:


Showtime responded with the following statement:

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.


In March, Lynch hinted that he wasn't happy with the status of his contract negotiations and said the revival was “up in the air.” It remains to be seen whether series star Kyle MacLachlan and the rest of the cast will remain on board now that Lynch has quit the project.


Do you think Showtime should continue with the project even without Lynch's participation?


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Aug 08, 2015
When will tv.com notice that Twin Peaks is returning?
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Aug 08, 2015
And with David Lynch as director of all the episodes? Pretty big news, if you ask me.
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Apr 14, 2015
If it is about funding - they should consider CrowdSourcing - they would have a massive budget if it was open to fans to add $$
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Apr 06, 2015
I am one of those that loved Twin Peaks, but I am not such a big fan of all David Lynch movies. I understand that Marc Frost was a co-writer, and he made some decent work after TP. I am not sure I can say the same, at least for me, about David Lynch. I know I am going to get crucified for writing just that, but... I take the risk of being pardoned. So if Mr want to much money David Lynch is out of the project, and the rest is in, so YES! This can still be good!
Specially if Kyle MacLachlan is in, because in Agents of Shield he is doing a Super-Great-Marvelous-Job. So I am positive about the new Twin Peaks. :)
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Apr 06, 2015
Quitters never win.

I can't believe Showtime were able to get enough the rights to make this without Lynch, what a business this is.
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Apr 06, 2015
And without David Lynch, bless his batshit crazy heart, I'm sure it's going to be realllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly good.

No, wait, it will suck. As will the X-Files retread.
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Apr 06, 2015
This turns the show from a must-see into a maybe-see.
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Apr 06, 2015
It seems to me these are budget issues not related to Lynch's personal fee. If I were the creator of an iconic show such as Twin Peaks, that has made television history and has acquired legendary status, I wouldn't want to be part of a half-baked revival of it either. The network needs to just give Lynch and Frost whatever they ask and leave them alone to do their thing. Otherwise it would be best not to do it at all, and allow the fans to keep the original show in their memories, without spoiling it with a network-driven, greedy and cheap version of it. If Showtime doesn't understand and respect TP or its creators, it should keep its paws off it.
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Apr 06, 2015
While I would love to see David Lynch back to direct - from what I understand all the scripts are done and this money dispute is purely tied to him directing the episodes. Now whether it's his fee or that he feels the budget per ep is too small - I don't know - but Mark Frost has directed Twin Peaks before, and Hill Street Blues - so as long as the scripts are good (I'm assuming they are by Lynch and Frost) I think it could still turn out to be quite good. But - Lynch's name hold a lot of cred among tv and film fans so I think it would be in everyone's best interest to find some kind of compromise that will allow Lynch to still direct the show.
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Apr 06, 2015
They better give him his terms and tout de suite because there really is no point, even with the original actors (in some capacity if not the lead roles), in the shows new existence. WITH Lynch it stands the chance of a reboot that will be received fairly and possibly loved by the audience (I still think most will automatically like the original better). Without Lynch I doubt many will even bother to watch it. I won't.
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Apr 06, 2015
It's entirely possible that Lynch and Showtime have agreed personal terms but can't agreed on the shows budget. If Lynch was wanting 20 shooting days per episode and Showtime were offering 4 days per episode that's a huge gulf to span, if Lynch has a personal red line for shooting days to get the quality and feel that he's after and Showtime couldn't agree to those time scales then it's hard to see how they could keep Lynch on board.
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Apr 06, 2015
I see no point without him.
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Apr 06, 2015
I don't get the comments about greed, Lynch states that Showtime is not giving enough money to make the show what it's suppose to be, Lynch works shows he is not a money Hollywood guy, he's an artist, and he doesnt want to be part of a cheap Twin Peaks version.

Twin Peaks can't be made without Lynch artistry, so I'm out... :(
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Apr 06, 2015
Exactly. It doesn't seem the dispute was over Lynch's personal salary, but over the budget to make the show-two entirely different things.
Then again you have to read and understand the words to get that, and that's something a lot of people fail to do before rushing to post tweets/comments.
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Apr 07, 2015
"confirmed that he'd dropped out of the reboot over a financial dispute. “After one year and four months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done,” Lynch wrote"

Now as a writer, what financial needs weren't met for him to make the scripts as he saw fit? was he out of pterodactyl quill pens? albino babyskin parchment? most writers can sit down at a laptop and bang out a script for nothing when handing out treatments to get a show so this falls back to him wanting a certain amount of money. I'm not saying he has to work for free, but he's definitely the hold out here and it's over cash.
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Apr 07, 2015
Uh, when he talks about money to do the script he doesn't mean the money needed for him to write the scripts (which he's already done), but the money needed for the scripts to be put to the screen.
So the financial needs that weren't met may be expensive/numerous sets, expensive/numerous actors, on location shooting, visual effects, etc.
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Apr 08, 2015
@OdumC:"Then he should work on his phrasing because money to produce scripts is vastly different than money to produce episodes."

Maybe he thought we were not doing "phrasing" anymore.
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Apr 08, 2015
Then he should work on his phrasing because money to produce scripts is vastly different than money to produce episodes.
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Apr 06, 2015
The love of money is the root of all evil...
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Apr 06, 2015
Save Twin Peaks
https://www.change.org/p/showtime-save-twin-peaks
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Apr 06, 2015
Yeah, they sold us twin peaks, neglected the lynch part, and now dropped him but keep goingwith the project, instead of doing something else. This sounds like thewhole thing was scripted for advertising. I will not be watching.
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Apr 06, 2015
I find it really hard to believe that Showtime and Lynch can't come to some kind of compromise - if Lynch really is making this about money then better to move on without him - I'm sure Mark Frost and a crew of good writers could do it justice. That said - Lynch should take a bit less - Showtime offer a bit more - and everyone wins.
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Apr 06, 2015
Greedy celebrity bullshit. Very disappointed with Lynch's actions.
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Apr 06, 2015
Do we know it's Lynch's pay they're talking about? Or the budget for the show or per episode? Cuz I can understand Lynch not wanting to do this on a shoestring budget, but this a premium channel? HBO would have tossed fucking money at him if it was them instead of Showtime.. I guess I don't totally understand this..
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Apr 06, 2015
It was pretty obvious he was trying to hold the project hostage in March. I'm glad he failed. He's an arrogant ass and a complete flake and it would probably be better without him. He's more of a concept guy than a follow-through guy.
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Apr 06, 2015
In the spirit of this holiday weekend, should we wait 3 full days before considering Lynch's involvement fully and officially over?
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Apr 06, 2015
No David Lynch?

This revival has got "disaster" written all over it!
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Apr 06, 2015
I like to imagine David Lynch entered the final round of negotiations playing this from a boombox:



Saw the offer wasn't what he wanted, and walked out ;-)
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Apr 06, 2015
Seems like a bitch move if they were still in negotiations to drop that out there to get people talking and hold showtime over a barrel so he can shake them down for a higher payout. probably the smartest thing they could do is just say "Oh well, we want this done right and if Lynch isn't on board we'll just scrap the project." let the guy know his shakedown backfired, take what he's offered or go back to watching his DVD box set for his TP fix.
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Apr 06, 2015
Oh crap...so this is going to be a bigger hot mess than season 2 then :(
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Apr 06, 2015
I can't imagine Twin Peaks without David Lynch, just like The X-Files without Chris Carter or Pushing Daisies without Bryan Fuller. I think the result might be commercially viable, but at best a Twin Peaks-y pretty good facsimile.
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Apr 06, 2015
As long as Fuller House is still happening...
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Apr 06, 2015
lol
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Apr 06, 2015
I hope Showtime realizes what they've done and ups the money on the project. Hopefully David will then comeback and the cast will be happy too. Otherwise I cant see key people who NEED to be on the show coming back after Showtime screwing over it's creator... Not the same show without Lynch. Definitely not the same show without key cast members.. : /
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Apr 06, 2015
No David Lynch, no original cast. I can't see Kyle MacLachlan doing it without him. Maybe this was doomed to fail.
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Apr 24, 2015
Kyle and Sheryl lee are both going to be in it as well As other original cast members
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Apr 06, 2015
I don't know. I want to believe in a subscription cable network like Showtime to be able to reprise this in the proper way. I suppose if Mark Frost is working with it still, then there could also be hope. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see.
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