While doing press in Australia, David Lynch let slip that negotiations for his Twin Peaks contract with Showtime aren’t going so smoothly. Lynch vaguely cites “complications” as the reason why an agreement has not yet been reached.
Though on the surface, this seems like a total nightmare, ultimately it may be a good thing. Remember when Twin Peaks went to shit midway through Season 2? Lynch has repeatedly stated that was due to network pressure to resolve the Laura Palmer story line (you know, the storyline on which the entire show was based). Presumably, Lynch is simply trying to work out a contract in which he has entire creative control, including final cut; an agreement that’s likely to freak out any network. Whatever the reason, the outrage that’s sure to ensue from cock-teased fans will hopefully make the network buckle.
While in Queensland for the opening of his retrospective at the GOMA, Lynch told Australia’s ABC, “A lot of people in cinema don’t have final cut or total creative control, and it’s a giant absurdity and a sadness.” He adds: “Why would somebody do something or make something if they couldn’t make it the way they want to make it? It’s absurd.”
Lynch goes on to say that Dune is his only film on which he did not have final cut, saying it was a “financial failure” that “almost killed me.” He’s right there – Dune sucks big time.
Given the fact that fans are already all riled up about the promise of Twin Peaks Season 3, particularly after news of the return of Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), it’s unlikely Showtime is going to let this project fail. After all, Lynch seems keen on resurrecting the series, stating, “I love the world of Twin Peaks and I love those characters. I think it will be very special to go back into that world.”
Though Showtime has yet to comment, a source told Entertainment Weekly, “Everything is moving forward and everybody is crazy thrilled and excited.” Still, Lynch is set to direct all 9 episodes, so if he isn’t as excited as everyone else supposedly is, there may be a problem.
If you want to do your part to ensure we get the Twin Peaks season we were promised, go on the Internet and, as The Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons says, “Register your disgust throughout the world.”