The return of Twin Peaks appeared such a sure thing – David Lynch had even given himself a summer 2016 deadline – but now it seems the revival of the cult drama could be facing problems.
In a Q&A in Brisbane the director warned that Twin Peaks had run into “complications.” Asked whether the series was definitely returning, Lynch said, “I don’t know. There are complications.”
The series had appeared to be going full steam ahead, with key former cast members Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee and Dana Ashbrook all announcing they had signed up.
But a source told website Welcome to Twin Peaks that while the scripts were ready, negotiations over contracts were still ongoing.
Lynch himself later confirmed in an interview with Australian network ABC that there were issues over the contracts for the new series: “I haven’t returned yet and we’re still working on the contract, but I love the world of Twin Peaks and I love those characters. And I think it will be very special to go back into that world.”
Earlier in the interview, Lynch had outlined the importance of having “total creative control” in his work, saying “A lot of people in cinema don’t have final cut or total creative control, and it’s a giant absurdity and a sadness. It’s a nightmare when you don’t have the freedom to make it the way you want.
“Why would somebody do something or make something, if they couldn’t make it the way they want to make it? It’s absurd.”
American broadcaster Showtime first confirmed that there would be a new series of Twin Peaks set 25 years after the 1991 series two finale via its YouTube channel at the end of last year.
Director and co-creator Lynch had tweeted several messages suggesting that the series was a go, and with the original cast ready to return there is no need to let the coffee go cold just yet.