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Twin Peaks Revival Loses David Lynch

Well, maybe our favorite gum isn’t coming back in style. News broke over the weekend that David Lynch, one of the two masterminds behind the cult series Twin Peaks, will not be returning to direct the upcoming Showtime reboot of the series. This is a shocking development as Showtime initially announced that both Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost would be back and controlling the entire creative direction for the nine-episode relaunch of the series. Both Lynch and Frost confirmed they would be involved with cryptic tweets when the relaunch was first announced, with the pair writing the episodes and Lynch apparently signing on to direct them.

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However, over the weekend, Lynch took to Twitter and Facebook to address rumors that he hadn’t signed onto the project, which is expected to begin shooting in the coming months with a Spring 2016 premiere expected. Per Lynch, “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 went on to say he has told the actors he will not be directing, but that the show is still “alive and well” at Showtime.

Showtime released a statement in response, saying the network believed it was “working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points,” and that it was “hold[ing] 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.” There has been no word on whether or not Frost is still involved, but reports have stated that all nine scripts had been completed by both Frost and Lynch prior to Lynch’s talks going south. The series, for now, is still set for a nine-episode season, to be launched next year.

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