Feature director David Lynch, who was behind the original “Twin Peaks” TV series that aired on ABC in the early 1990s, has exited the “Twin Peaks” reboot that’s in the works at Showtime for 2016.
Lynch announced Sunday on Twitter: “After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.”
Lynch reportedly has had a hand in writing scripts for the reboot, but indications surfaced last month that his collaboration with Showtime may have become bogged down in contract talks. Previously, Lynch and Showtime were putting the word out about how much they both love the world of “Twin Peaks.”
The hangup between Lynch and Showtime appears to involve the possibility of his working as a director on the nine-episode limited series, with the series reboot likely to go ahead even without his involvement.
Entertainment Weekly says Showtime still hopes to work things out with Lynch, and quotes a statement from the pay-cable channel saying: “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.”
It has been reported that Lynch and Frost have written the screenplays for the nine new episodes. Kyle MacLachlan is expected back as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.