In October, 2014 David Lynch announced that groundbreaking cult classic Twin Peaks would be returning in 2016, fulfilling Laura Palmer’s prophecy in the final episode, inside the surreal red curtained psychic dreamspace of the Black Lodge, that she would see us again in 25 years.
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On the 6th of April 2015 he released a statement on the Twin Peaks Festival Facebook page, that “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.”
Can there be Twin Peaks without David Lynch? While he didn’t write or direct every episode of the original, he was the guiding spirit behind its surreal conflation of teen romance, with grief, horror, intrigue and absurdity, unifying narrative elements of B grade soaps, a quirky interest in the psychological and mystic with a gorgeous noir cinematic aesthetic.
Some commentators seem to think it will be better without Lynch’s sometimes frustrating quirky genius. While the project may go ahead without David Lynch, most agree it won’t be what it should be. It will be a little like fresh cherry pie without strong black coffee. It may have owls, but they will probably be what they seem.
Cast members have come out in support of David Lynch, calling for Showtime to make the show all it should be. Seeing them together (sort of) in the video below, released on Madchen Amick’s WhoSay page, gives an intriguing sense of what could be. Can there be Twin Peaks without David Lynch? Well, perhaps, but as Agent Dale Cooper said to Sheriff Harry Truman,
Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.
Without David Lynch, it is that wonderful, that strange, that not knowing where things will lead us that will be misisng, and without these fundamental mysteries it may be just going through the motions.
You can get behind the campaign to let Showtime know that Twin Peaks the way David Lynch wants to make it is the best and only option by joining the Save Twin Peaks Facebook page – run by the awesomely gorgeous Sherilyn Fenn.