Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch isn’t necessarily denying a continuation of Twin Peaks beyond the 2017 revival.
Twin Peaks is finally returning to television on Sunday, 26 years after it was last seen on ABC. Now on Showtime, the 18-episode revival will feature the return of many original cast members like Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn and more. While fans are eagerly anticipating Sunday night’s big premiere, there’s already talk of potential continuing the series.
Lynch, who directed and co-wrote every episode of the revival, spoke with Rolling Stone about the series and was coy about the idea of more Twin Peaks beyond this.
“I have no idea. It depends on how it goes over,” he said when asked about more Twin Peaks in the future. “You’re going to have to wait and see.”
While Lynch’s comment is as vague as many of his answers in this and many other interviews, his mention of “how it goes over” could mean he’s not ruling out a continuation beyond the 2017 revival. However, Showtime president David Nevins did tell critics at the Television Critics’ Association press tour in January that the 2017 revival would be a “close-ended, one-time event.” If the revival is received well, it gets high ratings for Showtime, and Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost want do more, though, anything is possible.
Lynch, who is also known as an auteur filmmaker with numerous acclaimed films like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, appreciates the art form of cable television in being able to tell an extended story, as opposed to the brevity of a film.
“I don’t know what will happen next, but this is an 18-hour film in my mind,” he said, of the revival. “And I love the idea of a continuing story. A feature is over in two-and-a-half, three hours. The stories that you tell on cable can go on and on and on. It’s really beautiful.”
The filmmaker also discussed how the idea for a Twin Peaks revival came about.
“I didn’t really know. I just had fragments and we got together and more and more ideas started coming. One day, there it was,” Lynch said of the pre-production process.
In addition to MacLachlan and Fenn, the revival includes the return of Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Phoebe Augustine, Richard Beymer, Catherine E. Coulson, Julee Cruise, Jan D’Arcy, David Duchovny, Miguel Ferrer, Warren Frost, Harry Goaz, Andrea Hays, Gary Hershberger, Michael Horse, David Patrick Kelly, Sheryl Lee, Peggy Lipton, Bellina Martin Logan, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Walter Olkewicz, Kimmy Robertson, Wendy Robie, Marvin “Marv” Rosand, Carlton Lee Russell, Harry Dean Stanton, Charlotte Stewart, Al Strobel, Carel Struycken, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Wise, Alicia Witt and Grace Zabriskie.
Lynch, who is also returning in an acting role as Gordon Cole, said seeing everyone together again was “so beautiful,” adding, “It was like a family reunion every day.”
“It was kind of remarkable. The people that had been in the original knew their characters. They loved the world and got right back on the bike and went. And the new people… everybody was super. It was a great ride.”
While a few teaser trailers have been released, there has been no indication of the plot for the upcoming revival, remaining a mystery even to the show’s diehard fans.
The Twin Peaks 2017 revival premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. The first two hours will air on Sunday, after which the first four episodes will be available through the network’s video on demand services. The third and fourth episodes will then air on Showtime the following Sunday, and then only one episode will air per week until the two-hour finale.
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