The Twin Peaks revival is officially back on track. David Lynch took to Twitter on Friday night to announce that negotiations with Showtime had progressed and that the revival would be going ahead as originally planned, with him back on-board as executive producer and director.
“Dear Twitter Friends, the rumors are not what they seem ….. It is !!! Happening again. #TwinPeaks returns on @SHO_Network”, Lynch said.
Showtime later followed up on that announcement with an official statement from President of Entertainment David Nevins, which confirmed the news and hinted at a larger episode order beyond the nine announced when the revival was first announced back in October 2014.
“This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark [Frost] and David tastes more delicious than ever,” Nevins said. “Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!”
This marks the first solid piece of news since David Lynch announced in April that he would no longer be involved in the revival. At the time his supposed exit was said to be due to budgetary issues, while Showtime noted that they were still engaged in talks with Lynch and were hopeful he could be convinced to return.
With Lynch now on-board production is expected to proceed apace, especially as the scripts for the nine episodes Showtime originally ordered have already been delivered. Original star Kyle MacLachlan is reprising his role FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. David Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost executive produce. Lynch will also direct every episode. Even with the delay, Twin Peaks is still expected to premiere in 2016.