It was first revealed that he would be directing the 25th anniversary edition of Twin Peaks on his official Twitter in the small hours of last night.
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) May 16, 2015
The tweet has already been retweeted almost 19,000 times, indicating quite a positive response from Twin Peaks fans. #TwinPeaks was trending soon after. Though there is an indication of a positive reaction, not all fans of the series see Lynch’s return as such a good thing.
This tweet was soon followed by an announcement from Showtime’s president David Nevins.
“[David Lynch] will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!”
Kyle MacLachlan, famous for playing Agent Dale Cooper in the original Twin Peaks series, also lent his support to Lynch’s announcement, hashtagging one of the more famous quotes from the series.
— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) May 16, 2015
Lynch’s relationship with the cult classic’s reboot has been… precarious (for lack of a better word). He was initially signed on to direct and produce the limited-episode series of Twin Peaks up until April of this year, where he abruptly severed his ties with Showtime’s production, citing a lack of funding to be the root of the problem.
Twin Peaks was the brainchild of Lynch and Mark Frost in the 1990s and revolved around the investigation of the murder of a schoolgirl called Laura Palmer. The series won many awards, including two Emmys and three Golden Globes.
Following a catastrophic decline in ratings after the killer of Laura Palmer was revealed mid-way through the second season, with viewers saying that Twin Peaks became half-hearted and obscure, it was put on “indefinite hiatus” by ABC at the end of the second season, with it’s final episode rating 85th out of 89 shows.
The series was followed by a feature film: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which opened at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and was almost unanimously panned by critics, with Vincent Carby of the New York Times stating “It’s not the worst movie ever made; it just seems to be”. The film focused on Laura Palmer’s life, and her murder before the series had began.
Though an “indefinite hiatus” usually leads to a permanent cancellation, in October, 2014, it was confirmed that there will be a nine-episode limited series to celebrate Twin Peaks‘ 25th anniversary, with Lynch and Frost writing all nine episodes.
The release date for the Twin Peaks reboot will be at some point in 2016.
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