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David Lynch is making it happen again.
The singular filmmaker once again firewalks among the Douglas firs in Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival, debuting Sunday. The series, co-written by Lynch and Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, comes in the form of an 18-part movie disguised as a television series, with each installment directed by Lynch himself.
“I see it as a film,” Lynch tells The Hollywood Reporter about how he views the new Twin Peaks. “I think if you think about it as one whole that’s been divided, it’s a little different than thinking about it as one episode after another. It’s just a little bit different.”
Another way the revival is “just a little bit different” than most other high-profile television experiments: we know almost nothing about it, at least on a story level. At Lynch’s request, plot details about the new Twin Peaks are under strictest lock and key, so much so that crewmembers won’t be permitted to speak on the record about the revival until it finishes airing at the end of the summer.
When the series resumes, will Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) still be under the influence of Killer BOB? How will the show address the BOB of it all without the late Frank Silva, who played the murderous spirit during the original run? Most importantly: how is Annie? Don’t expect any answers to any of those questions until Peaks starts moving, as everyone involved is happily adhering to Lynch’s request for maximum secrecy — largely because they have no choice, given how the sprawling Twin Peaks script was divvied out.
“They let me read it all the way through, and then I had to pass the script back,” MacLachlan says. “The pages were then distributed out, and I was one of the ones who had most of the script, which I needed. Most people just received what was pertinent to them. Again, it was an effort to keep things contained, and also to help us. That way, if anyone asks us about the story, we could say, ‘I don’t really know!’ As opposed to feeling an obligation to say something, or maybe you would feel compelled out of your own sense of whatever to say it’s about this or this. There were no opportunities for that. I love that people are going to be embarking on this fresh. For something that’s so well known, it’s going to be a whole new journey. I think that’s wonderful.”
Plot details aside, here’s everything else to know about the new Twin Peaks ahead of its return:
• For years, rumblings of a Twin Peaks return were exactly that: rumblings. Then the rumblings became tectonic, as the show’s 25th anniversary approached, a faint echo of what the late Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) promised at the end of the original run: “I will see you again in 25 years.” The timing is only slightly off, as the new Twin Peaks will debut 26 years after the first series’ cancellation. The looming milestone fueled Lynch and Frost’s desire to return to the world they created all those years earlier, with Lynch saying: “It wasn’t really something you can plan, but then again, there it was.”
• In 2014, Showtime announced plans to revive Twin Peaks for a limited run, set to take place 25 years after the show went off the air. Kyle MacLachlan was confirmed to return as Agent Dale Cooper shortly thereafter. But trouble soon emerged in the form of public negotiations between Lynch and the cable network, with the filmmaker taking to Twitter to announce his departure from the project “because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.”
• Castmembers from the original Twin Peaks swiftly rallied behind their leader’s cause, gathering together for a #SaveTwinPeaks campaign designed to get Showtime on board with Lynch’s vision. Take this quote from Sheryl Lee, who played Laura Palmer: “Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like a girl without a secret.” See the other castmembers‘ defense of Lynch in the video below.
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