[UPDATE: Showtime has now commented on the situation. Scroll for details.]
Fans of 1990s television rejoiced when Showtime announced plans to revive one of the decade's oddest and most beloved offerings: David Lynch and Mark Frost's surreal murder mystery Twin Peaks. The cult classic series' potential 9-episode return would be directed by Lynch and even feature Kyle MacLachlan, reprising his starring role as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.
However, remarks from sources close to Lynch surfaced recently which cast some doubt on the prospect of his involvement, with "complications" preventing contract negotiations from moving forward. Fans were hoping these issues would be ironed out, but reports out of this weekend's Wondercon convention in Anaheim suggest otherwise.
A report from Business Insider suggested that Showtime had cancelled the series, but according to TV Line, David Lynch's office reached out to Twin Peaks fan community Twin Peaks Festival via Facebook and sent them a message indicating that the show may still be alive, but Lynch is no longer involved.
David Lynch's official Facebook page has also posted the same message:
Dear Facebook Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on 'Twin Peaks.' After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. 'Twin Peaks' may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of 'Twin Peaks' and wish things could have worked out differently.
So far, there has been no official word from Showtime, and David Lynch has released the same statement in a series of tweets. At the moment, this is Lynch's final word on the matter:
I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) April 5, 2015
Even if Twin Peaks remains alive at Showtime, David Lynch's signature style - a blend of the bizarre and nightmarishly surreal with a side of deadpan humor - is the core of the show, and his return to directing after years of dabbling in video shorts and documentaries was definitely the major draw for fans.
If Showtime moves forward with Twin Peaks without Lynch, retaining the show's hardcore fanbase will be an uphill battle. Some of the other TV revivals in the works - such as Heroes: Reborn or The X-Files - hold a broad appeal to casual television viewers, but the majority of Twin Peaks fans are likely devoted David Lynch fans as well. Unless Showtime can find a showrunner with as unique a style and creative vision, placing Twin Peaks in someone else's hands will be a tough sell, especially with a lingering stink of a dispute over money.
What about you, Screen Ranters? Were you looking forward to seeing David Lynch return to the world he created? Would you still watch a revival without him? Sound off in the comments.
UPDATE: Here's Showtime's statement on the matter (via Hitfix): "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."
Stay tuned for updates on the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks as they become available.