David Lynch quits Twin Peaks revival over budget concerns

David Lynch has announced that he will no longer be directing the Twin Peaks TV revival being planned by the Showtime network. Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP
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Film director David Lynch, the co-creator of the seminal 1990s TV drama Twin Peaks, has announced that he will no longer be directing the proposed revival of the classic show.

The cult filmmaker also said in a series of tweets at the weekend that the project was not necessarily dead, countering rumours that cable network Showtime had pulled the plug on the high-profile project.

Lynch tweeted: “Dear Twitter Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on ‘Twin Peaks ... After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done ... This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing ... 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.”

Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost have already written all nine episodes of the revival, with Kyle MacLachlan already confirmed to return as FBI special agent Dale Cooper, along with many other members of the original cast. It would pick up the story 25 years after the events of the finale of the original series, which was broadcast in June 1991.

Showtime on Sunday confirming that they still hope to continue with the Twin Peaks revival perhaps even with Lynch on board.

“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 said.

“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.”