Back in 1990, filmmaker David Lynch changed the shape of the American television landscape forever with the premiere of Twin Peaks. Fans were immediately pulled into the world of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), as he sought to solve the mystery of who killed the irresistible homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee).
The show only lasted two seasons but its cultural impact has proved immortal, with annual conventions uniting fans and many stating that it led to the ‘golden age’ of television that graced us with such shows as The Sopranos and Breaking Bad. So it was no surprise when the Internet erupted with joy late last year, with the news that Lynch was to resurrect the show for a third season on American network Showtime.
Sadly, this joy was burst over the weekend following Lynch’s announcement via Twitter that he has pulled out of the revival over reported financial disputes. Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost hold exclusive creative rights for the show, so it appears it is now in development limbo.
A spokesperson for Showtime has responded to the announcement, stating “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 dealing 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”.
For the sake of Twin Peaks fans worldwide, we too hope that an agreement can be reached and the show will go on.