To recap, David Lynch says he’s leaving the Twin Peaks reboot. The legendary—and legendarily odd—writer-director tweeted that Showtime hasn’t given him the money to “do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.”
Lynch has already turned in the actual scripts for Showtime’s planned limited series sequel to the 1990s cult hit, which is/was planned to run for nine episodes in 2016. This fight is over how much of a budget the show will receive to excute Lynch’s vision. Since so many disagreements in Hollywood are all about money, yet creatives seldom actually come right out and say that, Lynch’s tweets are, if nothing else, refreshingly candid.
Showtime’s current statement on the matter also seems pretty straight-forward: “We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. Showtime also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.”
Note the deliberate use of the word “both.” In other words: We’re gonna keep trying to make Lynch happy and resolve this because we really want him to direct. But if not, let’s keep in mind we still have the other original creator and writer of the Twin Peaks on board—Frost—who everybody is largely forgetting to mention because Lynch is so iconic.
The situation does open several big questions. The first is whether there can truly be a Twin Peaks revival without Lynch’s active participation. That Lynch was to direct all nine episodes was one of the most exciting parts of the original announcement—he hasn’t even directed a feature film since 2006 (Inland Empire). Twin Peaks isn’t a grind-’em-out procedural like CBS’ CSI, or even a drama with more critical credibility, like FX’s The Americans. Lynch has a directorial voice that’s pretty much impossible to replicate. If other directors were hired to shoot his scripts, the result will likely feel like a David Lynch cover band.
The other question is whether star Kyle MacLachlan, signed to reprise his starring role as FBI agent Dale Cooper, will even stay with the project if Lynch bolts. Lynch pointed out in his tweets that he informed the actors of his decision, which is an interesting thing to note (MacLachlan’s rep did not reply).
Let’s turn this over to you. Here’s a poll: Should Showtime still make the Twin Peaks revival without Lynch?