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David Lynch exits Showtime's Twin Peaks revival series

04.06.2015

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Last month there were rumblings that creator David Lynch and Showtime weren't seeing eye-to-eye on his contract for the planned Twin Peaks revival series, but now it looks like it is official: Lynch has left the project and won't be directing the episodes.

Yesterday Lynch tweeted that Showtime hasn't pulled the plug on Twin Peaks and it is still very much alive at the network, but this weekend he started to call the actors to let them know he won't be helming the nine-episode series.

David Lynch on why he decided to leave 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.

Lynch also tweeted that he loves "the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently." Showtime has released a statement about Lynch exiting the series, and the network says they are still trying to work out a deal with the director.

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.

Do you think Showtime will be able to reach a deal with Lynch? And would you be interested in checking out a David Lynch-less Twin Peaks series?

Showtime's Twin Peaks is still expected to air sometime in 2016.

Source: TwitterDeadline

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3:43AM on 04/07/2015
Damn it! That sucks!
Damn it! That sucks!
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11:34PM on 04/06/2015
I enjoyed the Fargo series without the Coen's. MASH did okay without Altman. Aliens survived without Scott. i assume I will enjoy the new Star Wars without Lucas. I'd prefer Lynch but everyone is expendable.
I enjoyed the Fargo series without the Coen's. MASH did okay without Altman. Aliens survived without Scott. i assume I will enjoy the new Star Wars without Lucas. I'd prefer Lynch but everyone is expendable.
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9:24AM on 04/07/2015
David Lynch took time off from the show to make Wild at Heart. Fans generally attribute that to something of a decline in quality. I'm expecting a show more like that now. Still Twin Peaks, but Twin Peaks-lite.
David Lynch took time off from the show to make Wild at Heart. Fans generally attribute that to something of a decline in quality. I'm expecting a show more like that now. Still Twin Peaks, but Twin Peaks-lite.
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10:08PM on 04/06/2015
Damn. I am so sad right now. This was one of my most anticipated media related things ever! I don't know hot to feel. I want to see this so bad. I just hope they can work out a deal. If not, then open a crowd funding avenue so that the fans can pay for the rest.
Damn. I am so sad right now. This was one of my most anticipated media related things ever! I don't know hot to feel. I want to see this so bad. I just hope they can work out a deal. If not, then open a crowd funding avenue so that the fans can pay for the rest.
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8:51PM on 04/06/2015
Well there's not much point in a Twin Peaks without Lynch, now is there?
Well there's not much point in a Twin Peaks without Lynch, now is there?
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5:25PM on 04/06/2015

Can I say I am not surprised?

I was really impressed when they announced Lynch would be directing this thing. The show was strongest when he was involved in writing or directing it. And it lost direction when he turned his attention to other projects. Having Lynch behind the lens is the only reason a lot of us would want to go back to Twin Peaks.
I was really impressed when they announced Lynch would be directing this thing. The show was strongest when he was involved in writing or directing it. And it lost direction when he turned his attention to other projects. Having Lynch behind the lens is the only reason a lot of us would want to go back to Twin Peaks.
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3:39PM on 04/06/2015
I'm confused, he didn't get paid enough for the budget wasn't big enough to service his vision? I think this story is long from over either way
I'm confused, he didn't get paid enough for the budget wasn't big enough to service his vision? I think this story is long from over either way
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12:07PM on 04/06/2015

It appears the owls are not what they seem.......

I agree, why even bother with this project if Lynch will not be involved? No thanks, there is no Twin Peaks without David Lynch. Give him what he wants: money and creative freedom to continue the Twin Peaks universe
I agree, why even bother with this project if Lynch will not be involved? No thanks, there is no Twin Peaks without David Lynch. Give him what he wants: money and creative freedom to continue the Twin Peaks universe
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11:36AM on 04/06/2015
Well shit, ain't that a slap in the face. C'mon, Showtime. David Lynch IS Twin Peaks! Give him whatever he asks for or don't even bother doing it.
Well shit, ain't that a slap in the face. C'mon, Showtime. David Lynch IS Twin Peaks! Give him whatever he asks for or don't even bother doing it.
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11:15AM on 04/06/2015
I have a feeling this is Lynch publically negotiating for more money. Showtime must know people will go batshit if they try this without him.
I have a feeling this is Lynch publically negotiating for more money. Showtime must know people will go batshit if they try this without him.
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11:18AM on 04/06/2015
Exactly! Or Showtime is probably like "you know, this can go on without you" and Lynch was like "no it won't, I'm the reason people want to see this".

Lynch did the right thing, and so is Showtime by being diplomatic and still wanting to sit at the table.
Exactly! Or Showtime is probably like "you know, this can go on without you" and Lynch was like "no it won't, I'm the reason people want to see this".

Lynch did the right thing, and so is Showtime by being diplomatic and still wanting to sit at the table.
11:15AM on 04/06/2015

Kudos to Lynch and Kudos to Showtime

Great move by Lynch going out there and telling us what's going on and him stepping away. Now Showtimes sees that interest will go down since he's not on board. I've seen this news everywhere yesterday, and now I'm seeing it everywhere today. Front page on a lot of new sites, not just movie news. Showtime said everything right, they still want to negotiate and I'm really confident that they will pony up whatever Lynch wants now. They will be pissed at him for playing his hand, but it was a
Great move by Lynch going out there and telling us what's going on and him stepping away. Now Showtimes sees that interest will go down since he's not on board. I've seen this news everywhere yesterday, and now I'm seeing it everywhere today. Front page on a lot of new sites, not just movie news. Showtime said everything right, they still want to negotiate and I'm really confident that they will pony up whatever Lynch wants now. They will be pissed at him for playing his hand, but it was a great hand to play. He put Showtime in a corner, and it's their own fault if he doesn't sign on.
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10:59AM on 04/06/2015

I'm hoping this is a bad dream from the Black Lodge.

It would be pointless to continue without Lynch. This was too good to be true.
It would be pointless to continue without Lynch. This was too good to be true.
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10:46AM on 04/06/2015

David Lynch is Twin Peaks

His distinctive style pretty much makes this series what it is. It's possible someone else could make the series work, but I highly doubt it. I hope Showtime and David Lynch can work this out.
His distinctive style pretty much makes this series what it is. It's possible someone else could make the series work, but I highly doubt it. I hope Showtime and David Lynch can work this out.
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9:58AM on 04/06/2015
That sucks. Lynch IS Twin Peaks. Now I can solely channel my energy to focus on The X-Files revival.
That sucks. Lynch IS Twin Peaks. Now I can solely channel my energy to focus on The X-Files revival.
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9:26AM on 04/06/2015
Such awful news to start off the day, I'm hopeful they'll reopen negotiations on this as they must realize that interest in the project will plummet without Lynch on board.
Such awful news to start off the day, I'm hopeful they'll reopen negotiations on this as they must realize that interest in the project will plummet without Lynch on board.
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9:26AM on 04/06/2015
No Lynch, no Peaks...
Period !
No Lynch, no Peaks...
Period !
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9:26AM on 04/06/2015
Give them the money they need to do it right, with Lynch, or don't do it at all. There's enough tv shows set in weird towns trying to recreate something of Twin Peaks' appeal - it's Lynch's directorial and creative vision that makes a revived Twin Peaks of interest.
Give them the money they need to do it right, with Lynch, or don't do it at all. There's enough tv shows set in weird towns trying to recreate something of Twin Peaks' appeal - it's Lynch's directorial and creative vision that makes a revived Twin Peaks of interest.
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9:14AM on 04/06/2015

What?!!

That really sucks, especially because of such a lame reason. Hey Showtime, give the man what he needs and get on with it!
That really sucks, especially because of such a lame reason. Hey Showtime, give the man what he needs and get on with it!
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8:35AM on 04/06/2015

A Lynchless Twin Peaks does not a good idea Make

Showtime needs to reconsider and re-open talks with David Lynch about this series. Do they not realize what happened the last time a network tried to do Twin Peaks without him?? Smarten up Showtime!
Showtime needs to reconsider and re-open talks with David Lynch about this series. Do they not realize what happened the last time a network tried to do Twin Peaks without him?? Smarten up Showtime!
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