Twin Peaks production

Showtime Networks President David Nevins spoke to the Television Critics Association today, and the premium network’s plans for a Twin Peaks revival was a significant part of his announcements. When he started taking questions, I asked him specifically what happened with writer/director David Lynch’s tweets in April, when the creator of the show said the Showtime series was moving on without him.

Lynch did return to the show, however and is now directing the entire series, with the official start of production set for September. The number of episodes is yet to be decided, as is the premiere date. Read More »

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Twin Peaks season three episode count

Twin Peaks isn’t just back — there’s more of it coming than anyone expected.

The return of Twin Peaks has already become a saga, with Showtime setting up a nine-episode third season to air in 2016, with David Lynch directing all episodes and co-writing with Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost. Then Lynch bailed on the series, reportedly over budget and deal issues. But Showtime worked things out with Lynch, and the director returned, just in time for Showtime to announce the third season had expanded from its original nine-episode order.

We didn’t know much more than that. What would be the final Twin Peaks season three episode count? And who else will return to the series now that Lynch is fully on board? During a convention appearance, Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn revealed some details. Notably, that the series order has doubled, and there’s a suggestion that Angelo Badalamenti, the musical voice of the show, is also coming back. Read More »

David Lynch returns to Twin Peaks

All week I’ve been thinking about Twin Peaks. As many TV networks and companies revealed their upcoming projects during upfront presentations in New York, I wondered if Twin Peaks was going to quietly disappear. Since Showtime doesn’t take part in upfronts, it seemed like news wasn’t likely to hit soon, but now we know that Twin Peaks isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it is getting bigger.

Twin Peaks was revived with a bang by Showtime, which planned a nine-episode limited series to be co-written and directed by David Lynch. But six weeks ago Lynch quit the show via Twitter, surprising everyone involved. Now he has announced that he’s back. Even more surprising: the show is now longer than nine episodes, and Lynch will direct it all.  Read More »

twin peaks negotiations

The Twin Peaks revival has already turned really weird, and the show isn’t even shot — but this may not be the kind of weird fans were hoping for. David Lynch bowed out of directing the series a few days ago, citing Showtime’s unwillingness to commit the proper money “to do the script the way [Lynch] felt it needed to be done.” That came as a surprise to his creative partner, Mark Frost, and also to Showtime. The cable network is still trying to keep Lynch on board, and the cast is clamoring for his return, but whether the Twin Peaks negotiations will pan out is still open to question. Read More »

David Lynch quits Twin Peaks

Showtime’s new Twin Peaks series was just hit with a fate worse than finding a fish in the coffee or being possessed by a murderous spirit — David Lynch has publicly quit the show via Twitter. The director said that more than a year of negotiations had ended with Showtime unwilling to commit enough money “to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.” Showtime, however, says it is still trying to make the deal happen. So is Lynch really done, or is this a big “negotiating in public” ploy? Read More »

Great Directors documentary

The 2009 film Great Directors from doc filmmaker Angela Ismailos is a great introduction to the work, creative philosophies and personalities of ten directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film presents conversations and clips from the work of those filmmakers, and is just the sort of thing to turn new audiences on to films from each of those filmmakers, or, if you’re already a fan of that crew, to bolster your knowledge of each. Watch the full Great Directors documentary below.  Read More »

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He’s back! Special Agent Cooper returns in 2016 as Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his Twin Peaks role when the show returns to television for a third season on Showtime. MacLachlan’s return had been assumed when the third season was announced, but not confirmed until now. It was, after all, his character’s dream, pictured above, that helped lead to the very idea of the series’ return. In addition, the Showtime TCA panel provided confirmation (which we didn’t really need, but it’s nice to have) that David Lynch will direct all nine new episodes of the show. Read More »

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Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers.  They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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Twin Peaks returns

“It is happening again.” The giant said those words on Twin Peaks over 20 years ago, and now creators Mark Frost and David Lynch are following through on that idea. Now Twin Peaks returns in 2016 with a nine-episode limited series on Showtime. Frost and Lynch will produce and write all nine episodes, and Lynch will direct the entire series. The show will not be a reboot; this series plans to continue the story left unfinished decades ago. Read More »