Twin Peaks fans have been awaiting information–ANY information–since series creator David Lynch left the revival series for Showtime last spring, only to return a month or so later. Fortunately, at the Television Critics Association today, Showtime President David Nevins finally gave fans a big update on what’s going on with the new series, and just what actually went down with David Lynch when he left.
Nevins confirmed that Twin Peaks begins shooting in September, both on location in Washington State, in Snoqualmie Falls and North Bend, where the original series was shot, as well as in Los Angeles. The original series was also shot mostly on sound stages in Southern California, so it’s only fitting that they’d return to shooting in both places. A title card shared on the screens in the ballroom provided a few more teases for the new Twin Peaks, which Showtime later tweeted out:
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In fact, the length of the show and the budget for it was what caused the whole Lynch drama last spring, but Nevins said he was never that worried. “I never had any doubts we were going to get him back. This was a huge priority project to me. What happened was it became clear it was going to take more than nine episodes which was what we originally planned and budgeted for the length of the series. We had to work out the details of the series and I really wanted David to direct the whole thing. We eventually got through it.”
Another question fans have had is whether or not the show could possibly make its original 2016 premiere date. On this matter, Nevins said, “I want it as badly and as soon as I think the biggest fans in the world want it, so I’m hoping to make 2016; it’s not clear. It’s ultimately going to be in their control. They’re going to shoot the whole thing and then they’re going to start post. Bottom line is I’ll take it when they’re ready with it.”
As for casting, aside from the already announced return of Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper, no other cast members have been officially announced–but fans of the original series characters should breathe easy, according to Nevins. “I think you should be optimistic that the people that you want will be there, and then there will be some surprises in addition.” As a longtime fan, I expect to see most of the original cast members return, but which Donna Hayward will we get? Original series’ Lara Flynn Boyle or Fire Walk With Me’s Moira Kelly??
As one of the only people on Earth who has read the script, Nevins offered fans this little nugget of info: “I feel like it’s very satisfying. There are certain basic questions that I had at the end of the original given where Agent Cooper is, and I think those questions get answered. Twin Peaks is such a unique show, the promise in the original show, ‘I’ll see you in 25 years,’ and to be able to bring it back 25 years later is irresistible. 25 years have passed but it resolves the questions left from the original series.” So it appears that a quarter century later, we long suffering Twin Peaks fans will finally get the answer to the very pressing question of just how Annie is doing.