Twin Peaks Revival: David Lynch Out as Director, Showtime 'Saddened' But Will 'Hold Out Hope' He Returns

Twin Peaks Cancelled on Showtime

Diane, Twin Peaks‘ resurrection has hit a snag.

On the heels of series co-creator David Lynch citing “complications” going on behind the scenes, multiple reports out of WonderCon on Sunday claimed that the cast had been told that the revival as a whole was dead and wrapped in plastic.

Lynch came forth to set the record straight — that he told the cast he won’t be directing, as planned — in a letter to the Twin Peaks Festival fan page (and via a series of tweets):
https://www.facebook.com/twinpeaksfest/posts/10152931308234580

UPDATE: Showtime, which originally said things were “status quo” with the revival, issued a statement Sunday evening after learning of Lynch’s statement:

We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. Showtime also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.

Kimmy Robertson, who on the ABC series played sheriff’s office receptionist Lucy Moran, was the first to react to the news, via her Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/kimmyr1/posts/10152927777280000
Madchen Amick aka “Shelly Johnson” later tweeted her support for Lynch:
https://twitter.com/auntwendythecat/status/584881243419877376

The Twin Peaks revival was announced in October, with Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost penning all nine episodes (which they have already done), and Lynch directing every installment. In January, it was announced that Kyle MacLachlan would reprise his role as FBI agent Dale Cooper.

But on March 14, at the “Between Two Worlds” exhibition in Brisbane, Lynch hinted that “complications” had arisen with the project. A day later, on the Aussie arts and culture series The Mix, he warned, “I haven’t returned yet. We’re still working on the contract.”

And just last week, TVLine’s Ask Ausiello column confirmed that the rumors about Lynch and Showtime not seeing eye-to-eye on a few contract points “were true.”

Given that Lynch and Frost’s scripts are already in the can, do you still wish to see the series make it to screen, albeit with a different director?