David Lynch Is Walking Away from the ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival

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Well, so much for that. Five months after the widely-cheered announcement of an unexpected (and sort of unprecedented) quarter-century-later revival of Twin Peaks on Showtime, David Lynch has announced, via social media, that he won’t be directing the show’s third season.

Though the filmmaker seemed all in on the show’s return (he was announcing cast returns via Twitter as recently as January), fans were worried by comments the filmmaker and Peaks co-creator made at a panel in Australia last month. There, he indicated that “there are complications” that meant the show, or at least his participation in it, was “still up on their.”

Yesterday, he took to Twitter to confirm those indications. “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,” he tweeted.

His reference to “the script” indicates he and co-creator Mark Frost may have already written the third season, and he carefully notes that “Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime,” but Jesus Christ, who wants to watch a third season of Twin Peaks if Lynch isn’t directing it?

Showtime, for their part, is apparently hoping Lynch is just playing hardball, issuing this statement:

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 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.

If Lynch is bluffing, he’s being pretty definitive about it, tweeting that he’s notified his actors and wishes “things could have worked out differently.” Your play, Showtime.

Either way it goes, the whole thing is pretty sad, unless you’re one of those people that knows in your heart that TV’s revival mania is a genuinely bad thing and there’s no way this season would’ve have been a giant disappointment.