I knew it was too good to be true! Five months after Showtime announced the imminent return of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, arguably the best series to ever air on television, the enigmatic writer-director alluded to “complications” with the new season. The comments came during a panel discussion of his new art exhibit in Australia, where he reportedly commented that the new season is “still up in the air.” The problems seem to stem from a disagreement over streaming and DVD rights for the hugely anticipated nine-episode season, but most of this has come second-hand from panel audience members and, of course, Twitter.
The whole mishegas seemingly surprised Showtime, who confirmed to EW that Lynch has handed in all nine scripts for the series already. This news also comes on the heels of Kyle MacLachlan’s announcement that he will be returning as Agent Dale Cooper, the protagonist of the first two seasons of the show, and a minor character in Lynch’s strange, superb prequel to the series, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. A source close to the project went on to assure everyone, “Everything is moving forward and everybody is crazy thrilled and excited.”
Lynch hasn’t responded to any inquiries about his comments, but Twin Peaks without the Mulholland Drive filmmaker in the director’s chair is comparable to Louie without Louis C.K., who went as far as to cast Lynch in his series. To put it simply, if Showtime is seeking a major turnout for the series, Lynch’s input and blessing is as crucial as securing a camera for the shoot. It’s even more important considering the fact that it’s been nearly a decade since the stateside release of Lynch’s last work, the immensely divisive Inland Empire. Meanwhile, Showtime is prepping for the premiere of Happyish, starring Steve Coogan, replacing the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. As for Lynch, there are no other projects currently slated for his schedule, leaving plenty of time for him to sit back and enjoy some cherry pie, and a damn fine cup of coffee if these complications end up being more serious.