New Twin Peaks Without David Lynch? 'Audrey Horne' and Others Nix Notion

A Twin Peaks revival without series co-creator David Lynch at the helm is like… well, a flurry of familiar faces from the cult hit’s original run are here to finish that thought.

In a video brought to the Internet by series alum Madchen Amick, the onetime Double R waitress plus Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, James Marshall, Peggy Lipton, Wendy “Nadine” Robie, Gary “wrestling champ Mike Nelson” Hershberger, Ken “Windom Earle” Welsh and others offer distinct, often character-specific reasons why Showtime moving ahead with the nine-episode revival without Lynch as director simply registers as incomplete.

Over the weekend, Lynch announced that he was walking away from the project after running into budget issues with Showtime. Lynch was to direct all nine episodes, which he and co-creator Mark Frost have already written.

Thus far, only series lead Kyle MacLachlan has been confirmed for the revival, though Showtime president David Nevins said in January that he expected “lots of people from the original cast” to return.

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  1. LenSessions says:

    Incomplete without him as director, yes, but not a deal-breaker. His scripts are the key feature. It’s not like he directed all of the originals – just the best ones!

    • David4 says:

      I think the bigger problem is that with him gone, would the people from the first series want to come back? You don’t get the same characters back than there is no point.

    • Andrew says:

      You can’t write atmosphere, and I’d say about 80% of what made Twin Peaks great was atmosphere. And Lynch was primarily responsible for that.

  2. Tim says:

    love that they did this but it shows they are worried he’s not just playing hard ball

  3. Sara says:

    Is it really that big of deal if he doesn’t direct them? He didn’t direct all of the originals and its not like he is saying that they aren’t allowed to use the scripts he wrote. He is still involved in that way and it is still his story that will be told. I just don’t see what the big deal is with this whole situation.

    • dman6015 says:

      But he was still involved in the show, even though he didn’t direct all the episodes. It was his vision guiding the show. Without his involvement, all you have are a bunch of his words on paper without him there to bring them to life. Just like Spielberg taking over for Kubrick on A.I., it was OK, but it would have been excellent with Kubrick directing.

  4. Joey says:

    I still think that Lynch’s ego has gotten a bit too big with this whole thing, but…I found this video very heartwarming. Wendy Robie was especially great.

  5. Geo says:

    C’mon, David Lynch and Showtime. Sit your butts down over some coffee and pie and just work this thing out.