Despite the fact that the 1991 series finale of Twin Peaks promised that we'd revisit the show's bizarre world 25 years later, the world was largely taken by surprise when it was confirmed just a few months ago that the series would see new life on Showtime in 2016. Up to that point, the closest fans had come to a full-on season 3 was long-simmering rumors that a project connected to the show was in the works.
Since then, we've learned that creators David Lynch and Mark Frost would return for the new incarnation, with Lynch directing at least nine episodes and star Kyle MacLachlan reportedly on board. However, some new reports call into question whether the new Twin Peaks is moving along as well as fans would like.
Fansite Welcome to Twin Peaks is reporting that they've heard that Lynch himself recently expressed doubt about the show's return, citing "complications." Meanwhile, the site's sources claim that the scripts are finished and that the contract negotiations may be what's holding up the show's development.
Lynch seemingly confirmed that last point when he appeared on ABCNews24's The Mix. Here's what he had to say about revisiting Twin Peaks:
"I haven’t returned yet and we’re still working on the contract, but I love the world of 'Twin Peaks' and I love those characters. And I think it will be very special to go back into that world."
Cinematographer Will McCrabb - who apparently has connections to the project - voiced his own inside perspective on the show's status on Twitter, casting even more doubt on Lynch's involvement. Here's what he said:
"Sad to report from a pal who's one of Lynch's assistants that he will not, (as of now) be returning to 'TWIN PEAKS.'"
"The 'TWIN PEAKS' deal is tricky. Lynch received creative control upfront. But, he wants a huge percentage of DVD&ST $$."
Altogether, this information is beginning to paint a pretty clear picture of what may be going on behind the scenes of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks. It should be noted that, per Entertainment Weekly, inside sources at the network said that the project remains on track.
"Nothing is going on that’s any more than any preproduction process with David Lynch. Everything is moving forward and everybody is crazy thrilled and excited."
At this point, it's entirely possible that Lynch is merely playing hardball with Showtime to ensure that he gets the best deal he can with regard to this new project. After all, Twin Peaks is definitely one of the director's most popular works. So it's hard to blame him for wanting to be sure the circumstances surrounding its return are as creatively (and financially) fulfilling as they can be, if these reports regarding his contract negotiations are to be believed.
Regardless, Lynch has been one of the primary creative forces behind the show, making his involvement in the new episodes perhaps the most significant element as far as recapturing the essence of that show's popularity and winning over long-time Twin Peaks fans. Here's hoping the show moves ahead as planned so that all those lingering questions can be addressed. In the meantime, at least fans can see MacLachlan in his recurring role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Twin Peaks was previously announced to air on Showtime sometime in 2016. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates.