“Just a reminder that he will not discuss any character or plot info about the new Twin Peaks.”
The above heads-up was delivered to me last month from a Showtime rep ahead of my one-on-one phone interview with Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch, and it hardly came as a surprise. The famously tight-lipped auteur has been shrouding his 18-hour Twin Peaks revival (premiering Sunday at 9/8c) in the kind of secrecy that would prompt a “Chill out, dude!” from even Matt Weiner. So what’s a spoiler hound — and self-described Twin Peaks junkie — like myself to do? Line up a bevy of vague softballs, slip in one or two scoop adjacent Qs and hope for the best.
TVLINE | Are you finished editing all 18 episodes?
TVLINE | How long did the process take?
A little bit over one year.
TVLINE | Do you feel a sense of closure?
I feel satisfied. I can’t tell you any more than that.
TVLINE | Did you feel like you had unfinished business with the franchise?
No, I went into it because I love the world of Twin Peaks. I love the people in the world. And I wanted to go back in there.
TVLINE | You have kept a very tight lid on any/all details about the revival. Showtime is hosting a screening of the two-hour premiere on May 19, two days before the world will see it. Were you reluctant to allow them to do even that?
No, it’s so close to the opening, it’s fine.
TVLINE | What is at the heart of all the secrecy?
I always say, for me personally, I don’t want to know about something before I see it. I want to experience it in a pure way and be taken into a world and have this experience. I think that’s something that is harder and harder to do these days.
TVLINE | One thing you did release ahead of time was a very lengthy list of all the cast members participating in the revival. Of course, my eyes immediately focused on the names that were missing, like Lara Flynn Boyle. I was a big fan of the Donna character and was disappointed to see that she wouldn’t be in it. Why isn’t she in it?
These days people love strange Hollywood side stories that have nothing to do with the film. You can go talk to Lara Flynn Boyle. This is a story that takes place without her.
TVLINE | Do you have a favorite character?
No. I love all of them equally.
TVLINE | Is there an aspect of the original series you are most proud of?
The pilot is the only thing I am particularly, extremely proud of. There were great moments along the way. The second season sucked.
TVLINE | Why did you want to direct all 18 hours as opposed to sharing some of the burden with, say, your co-writer Mark Frost?
I wanted it to hold together. I see it as a film. [And you] don’t stop partway through [a film] and have someone else [direct]. It’s got to have a follow-through from the beginning to the end.
TVLINE | How involved was Mark?
Mark and I wrote the script together. And that’s it.
TVLINE | You guys wrote the entire season before you formally received a green light from Showtime, yes?
Pretty much. There was some writing afterwards but, yeah, you wanna know you have the thing.
TVLINE | Were you ever concerned about doing all of this work and then having Showtime — or any other outlet — decide not to produce it?
Sure, there [was] a risk. It would’ve been OK if nobody wanted to do it. [Laughs]