After twenty-five years of waiting, last night was officially a wrap on principal photography for the new season of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s classic series Twin Peaks. The new season, which is set to air on Showtime sometime early next year, finished seven months and 140 shooting days in Washington state and Los Angeles, both on location and on soundstages.
Director of photography Pete Deming commemorated the final day of shooting with this Instagram post:
The new season was announced to much fanfare in October of 2014, but for awhile there — at about this time last year — it looked like the series would be a no-go, when David Lynch dropped out due to conflicts with Showtime. Thankfully, all the problems were ironed out, and rumor has it that the initial order of nine episodes actually doubled to eighteen. Certainly, the extended shooting schedule suggests a lot more than nine episodes are in the can now.
So what do we know about the upcoming season, now that filming has concluded? Well, officially, the only announced cast member we know is returning is Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper. But unofficially, several other cast members have been confirmed. Almost the entire surviving season one cast of the original show is back, minus Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Truman (he’s been replaced with actor Robert Forster, who was supposed to play Truman originally) and Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward. A few other key cast members from season one like Piper Laurie, Joan Chen and Eric Da Re have also not been confirmed, but could still pop up.
Additionally, a ton of new cast members are joining this time, including known well known names like Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Judd, Tom Sizemore, Balthazar Getty, Patrick Fischler, David Dastmalchian, Grant Goodeve, Larry Clarke, Caleb Landry Jones, Ana de la Reguera and Hugh Dillon.
In the meantime, to tide fans over, series co-creator Mark Frost has a novel coming out, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, which details the mysterious origins of the town, from the 18th century, right on through to the original series, to just before the events of the new season. You can see the cover for the new novel below, which is set to hit in October.
One more interesting tidbit, which we found via Welcome to Twin Peaks —[email protected], an insider account which for the past few months has tweeted verified advance information on Twin Peaks location shoots in the Los Angeles area, earlier reported that production would wrap its first two seasons. Emphasizing “yes – first 2 seasons.” Could there be further seasons of Twin Peaks beyond what was just shot?? The initial tweet was removed, but there is a screenshot of it, which you can see down below:
It’s safe to say it’s never been a better time to be a Twin Peaks fan. Even better than in 1990. Who would have thought?
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David Lynch Officially Back for 18 New Episodes of TWIN PEAKS