‘Twin Peaks’ Remake Surrealism: Maybe David Lynch Quitting Is A Good Thing?

Headlines about the remake of Twin Peaks have been popping up in early April because the original co-producer, David Lynch, has decided to leave. Since then, there has been a petition to get him to come back to the Twin Peaks project.

However, could David Lynch quitting the Twin Peaks remake be a good thing? In my opinion, yes — and other fans agree.

While I am not a professional film or movie critic, I am a huge fan of Twin Peaks. Hopefully, my opinions about changes for the next remake of Twin Peaks do not come across like Taran Killim’s character on SNL, Jebediah Atkinson — but not all opinions about Twin Peaks are that serious. For instance, New York Magazine recently published over 100 sweaters on Twin Peaks ranked from least to most favorite.

As I re-watch Twin Peaks on Hulu in 2015, I recall anticipating it week after week when it originally aired in 1991 when I was 14. Of course, after being refreshed by my recent show-watching-binge, I am starting to see where there are some things about Twin Peaks that get on my nerves. Is there any room for improvement in a remake of Twin Peaks? I’d say there are a few tweaks I’d like to see — and I don’t think fixing those things will hinge on David Lynch quitting or being a part of Twin Peaks II.

After all, when I see how well remakes like Psycho reinvented as the Bates Motel are done, it makes me think that maybe a fresh perspective is exactly what a remake always needs. With the Bates Motel as a prequel to Psycho in mind, the re-makers of Twin Peaks could expand the script and make it into an ongoing set of sub-stories based on events before or after the original Twin Peaks occurred.

In short, maybe they do not even need to call it Twin Peaks at all the second time around or use David Lynch to remake the previous version of the show as if it were a photocopy. Perhaps this remake could in fact be a good place to include countless pages of Twin Peaks fan fiction that has emerged over the past 25 years?

As far as major changes to the original script or design — I feel as a fan that few changes will actually need to be made. Of course, things like Special Agent Dale Cooper telling Sheriff Harry Truman via calculator that “He [Bobby] did not do it” will probably be replaced by a text message on phones if an updated version of Twin Peaks is done.

Recently, I aired some of my concerns about the original Twin Peaks on Facebook telling my friends the following.

“My one snarky comment about doing things different for the Twin Peaks remake is that they MUST find different background music than the theme song. They play that intro song for a full two minutes at the beginning of each episode AND end it with the same song AND anytime anything gets serious, they are playing that song again.”

One of my friends pointed out that there was a lot of thought that went into that Twin Peaks theme song, putting up a video link to Youtube. The link was Angelo Badalmenti talking about the intensity of emotion when he and David Lynch collaborated on the Twin Peaks theme song. David Lynch said “get me into that beautiful darkness with the soft wind” and “Laura Palmer’s Theme Song” is what Badalmenti came up with.

Fair enough, I think that some of that original theme song can be used because it is obviously significant — but maybe cut it out of the ending credits? Also, maybe only use 30 seconds of it instead of putting it on repeat?

Speaking of weird songs, one of my friends pointed out that there was some strange tune found in Season 2, Episode 3 of Twin Peaks that definitely needs some work, in my opinion. In that scene, actors James Marshall, Sheryl Lee and Lara Flynn Boyle (James, Maddy, and Donna) perform a song that some have described since as “cheesy” and “emo.”

Discussions on the Twin Peaks Gazette forum about the song by James, Maddy, and Donna include, “Marshall’s voice is so high in the scene because he was told that he’d be able to sing AND play guitar, but when he went in to record,they had already recorded someone else’s guitar track, IN A DIFFERENT KEY!!! So they recorded his vocal & modulated it to fit the backing.”

Some other excellent ideas for Twin Peaks remakes come in the form of parodies. For example, in 1990, Saturday Night Live did a skit on Twin Peaks. Another thing is that David Lynch has revealed most of his secrets over the years, making his surrealism in Twin Peaks as definable as surrealism can be defined.

Naturally, placing surrealism into a script can be a real challenge because it means coming up with extremely unique ideas. If the next makers of Twin Peaks need some ideas about ideas, David Lynch has already provided the perfect information for them. When asked about how he came up with inspiration for shows like Twin Peaks, David Lynch told Paul Holdengraber in a 2014 interview the following.

“… thinking on that little fish [idea] will bring more…. and pretty soon, you might have a script, or a chair, or a painting, or an idea for a painting…. but they [ideas] come in small fragments.”

All seriousness aside, I have one last request for any Twin Peaks remakes. Something I think should never change is the large number of lace shirts that women wear throughout the episodes. I have so many screen shots of those beautiful laces and cannot wait to see what kinds are in the Twin Peaks remake.

[All images from the referenced links.]