The journey that the new series of Twin Peaks has taken from pen to screen has been nothing less than rocky. First the world gasped when it was announced that original show co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost would be going back to the fictional town where they weaved one of the 90s’ most beguiling stories for a new run for US cable network, Showtime. Some months later it was revealed that Lynch had pulled out of the project, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere, then it was announced that he was back on board having reconciled his differences with the network. During the past week we’ve seen news start to emerge that will put colour back into the cheeks of every Twin Peaks fan – it’s a big, fat go.
The Hollywood Reporter has been all over this story, and this is what it says:
Speaking at Thursday’s Television Critics Association summer press tour, Showtime president David Nevins confirmed that production would get underway in just a matter of weeks. “Shooting starts in September, thankfully,” he said.
There is still no confirmed news about cast additions on top of original lead Kyle MacLachlan, but Nevins said that there would soon be announcements about other favorites who would be returning to the series.
As far as timing goes, Nevins noted that it’s still too soon to tell if the series indeed will be ready for 2016 and not 2017, as Frost has implied. “I want it as badly as some of the biggest fans in the world want it, so I’m hoping we make 2016,” said Nevins. “It’s not clear. It’s ultimately going to be in their control. They’re going to shoot the whole thing, and then they’ll be in post [production].”
Nevins also stated that a conflict over episodes was the reason Lynch pulled out of the project, but those differences have been resolved.
According to Showtime’s president, David Nevins, Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost are writing and directing the series’ return from one long script. They also plan to shoot it as one giant block, which means they’ll be cutting it into discrete episodes in the editing room once they’re finished. The series was originally supposed to run for nine episodes, but Nevins won’t be sure how many blocks he’ll be given until filming is complete.
The Nerdist website expounded:
Although the series was originally planned for just 9 episodes, they quickly realized it would end up being more… but just how much more is still up in the air. David Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost actually wrote one long script, and then Lynch will shoot the series continuously as a movie, and later cut it into episodes. How many episodes it will be is still to be determined.
So we\re getting Lynch directing the whole lot, taking the approach of filming in one block, with episodes to be created in the edit room.
But for all those Twin Peaks fans who still can’t quite believe it’s happening, here’s a tweet that will finally convince you:
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