David Lynch no longer directing Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks’ continuation

David Lynch in Twin Peaks

Over the years, the supernatural mystery series Twin Peaks has garnered a number of fans who discovered the series via DVDs and other services after it had gone off the air, with both fans who watched the series while it aired and fans who subsequently fell in love with it lamenting the show’s cancellation. Thus, many were excited at the announcement that Showtime had commissioned a revival of the show that was set to air 25 years after the series’ second season finale, with series co-creator David Lynch slated to direct all episodes of the new season. The announcement was soon followed by news that Kyle MacLachlan would be reprising his role as Agent Dale Cooper, along with numerous other castmembers reprising their roles as well.

However, Lynch has now announced that he won’t be involved in the upcoming third season. The news comes after an earlier assertion by the filmmaker that he had yet to formally sign on to the project, despite Showtime’s announcement. Lynch posted this message on his facebook page.

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.

As Lynch mentions in the note, the series is still going ahead, and this has yet to affect the casting announcements, as well as series co-creator Mark Frost’s involvement in the season.

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