Six short months ago we were celebrating the official announcement that Twin Peaks was to make a long-awaited return, but last weekend came the crushing news that David Lynch would not be overseeing the new series. And it turns out the fans aren’t the only ones devastated that the show’s co-creator will not be taking part in its revival.
12 actors from the cult 90s show, including Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, and Kimmy Robertson, have joined forces in a new video voicing their concerns about the series continuing without Lynch’s input.
In the new video, the Twin Peaks stars share their disappointment by each completing the sentence, “Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like….” each using a comparison that contains some reference to the character they played in the show.
Sheryl Lee (known to most as Laura Palmer, the girl whose death sparked the main investigation in the show) describes the absence as “…like a girl without a secret.”
Kimmy Robertson, fondly remembered as the Sheriff’s dopey but big-hearted receptionist Lucy, calls it, “…like a sheriff station without donuts.”
Catherine E. Coulson, a favourite among fans for playing the mysteriously eccentric Margaret Lanterman, a.k.a. ‘Log Lady’, says that without David Lynch, Twin Peaks “would be like the log without bark.”
The director – also known for Oscar-nominated films The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive – took to Twitter on Sunday to announce that he would not be directing the new series of the show he co-created with Mark Frost:
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.
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) April 5, 2015
Showtime had publicly announced the new series last October, claiming full creative control would be given to Lynch and Frost, who have already written nine episodes for the new series.
Frost, along with Kyle MacLachlan, who is also scheduled to return as the show’s lead character, FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, have so far not commented on Lynch’s departure.
An online petition by fans calling for the reinstatement of Lynch now has 13,000 signatures and counting.