‘Twin Peaks’ Fans Ask: Is It A Reboot, Remake, Or Continuation?

Twin Peaks fans are rejoicing that David Lynch has had a mid-May change of heart and is returning to the project. However, some fans have been rather upset that writers are calling the new Twin Peaks project a “remake” instead of a “continuation.” Who is right and who is wrong may only be determined by David Lynch.

Although he almost quit the Twin Peaks project altogether on May 16, David Lynch wrote on his Facebook wall, “Dear Facebook Friends, the rumors are not what they seem….. It is!!! Happening again. #‎TwinPeaks returns on Showtime Networks.”

The Twin Peaks official Facebook page said, “Good news for Twin Peaks fans: David Lynch is onboard!” and linked to a TV Line article.

On April 5, David Lynch backed out of the Twin Peaks “project” — and fans used social media to show their dismay. Several articles emerged at that time, and extreme fans of Twin Peaks started to speak up about other things they were unhappy about. In particular, many requests were addressed to various media outlets to stop calling the Twin Peaks project a “remake.”

One Twin Peaks fan responding to an article written by this author for the Inquisitr stated, “How do you profess to be a ‘huge fan’ [of Twin Peaks] while continuing calling this a ‘remake’? It’s not a remake or a reboot or a reimagining. It’s a continuation. There’s a big difference. It’s really frustrating reading countless articles with people referring to this project as a remake of the original series, which *is* a terrible idea.”

In this angry fans’ defense, there are a number of major news headlines that have called the Twin Peaks continuation project a “remake” or a “reboot” — but both appear to be incorrect.

The online newspapers that used the word “remake” in reference to Twin Peaks project included the Daily Mail, Telegraph, and the Mirror Could using the word remake in the U.K. be different than the term usage in America? Or, perhaps, the newspapers were simply writing article headlines with words related to Twin Peaks that some fans were using often in search engines (SEO)?

Speculations of why some media agencies are using the word “remake” aside, sharing the idea that a true “remake” of Twin Peaks would be a terrible idea are blogs like Sabotage Times. They say that say their number one (and only) reason it’s not a good idea is “it would more likely than not look absolutely crap” because of problems related to recapturing the clothing and hairstyles of the original Twin Peaks era (circa 1989).

What is interesting is that it seems many of those close to David Lynch or the 2015 Twin Peaks project do not know exactly what to call the project. Is there a better way to define the Twin Peaks “project” — if it is not a remake? Is “continuation” the actual word used by Showtime, David Lynch, or others involved in the 2015 Twin Peaks project?

For example, TV Line states that Showtime president David Nevins calls the new Twin Peaks project “a fine cup of coffee” and vaguely says David Lynch will be the director of “the whole thing.” In previous interviews with TV Line, representatives at Showtime compared the Twin Peaks project to a ship with a “helm” and called the project “the world of Twin Peaks.”

TV Line goes on to call the new Twin Peaks project a “revival” and reaffirms it is indeed a “project.”

Also considered incorrect, Twin Peaks Reddit fans have been calling it a “reboot.” E! Online stated authoritatively that Twin Peaks is a “revival” and that the show is “coming back to life” instead of saying “remake.” They clarify which language to use for the 2015 Twin Peaks project by stating the following.

E! News has confirmed the new season will be nine episodes and will be a continuation of the story started with the original series and not a remake or reboot of the classic series that ran from 1990-1991.”

E! Online says it is definitely a continuation — and not a reboot or remake of Twin Peaks.

Sadly, the fact that this was never a remake was made clear since day one — despite the fact that it has been largely overlooked. In October, TV Line published an article where Mark Frost, executive producer of Twin Peaks, was interviewed.

When asked, “Just to confirm, this is not a remake, correct? It’s a continuation, like TNT’s Dallas?” Mark Frost replied, “It is not a remake. The story continues. The seeds of where we go were planted where we’ve been.”

But what does David Lynch call the 2015 Twin Peaks project? While his Twitter page may have few Twin Peaks references, his interviews are a different matter.

In interviews over the past year, David Lynch has referred to the new Twin Peaks project with no extra words.

For instance, Pitchfork quotes him as saying when he quit the Twin Peaks project in April, “Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks…. 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.”

Of course, no matter what you call the 2015 “World of Twin Peaks” project, what you will get as a viewer is a continuation of new episodes that pick up where the old series left off. They will not be recycling or remaking Twin Peaks material from 25 years ago — but creating new material altogether.

In the final scenes of the last episode of the original Twin Peaks that aired in 1991, Laura Palmer tells Special Agent Dale Cooper in The Waiting Room, “In 25 years, I will see you again” — and Twin Peaks, when it debuts on Showtime in 2016, will likely pick up from there.

In other words, it won’t be long before the 2016 Twin Peaks new series will finally answer the question “How’s Annie?”

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