This is some “damn fine coffee.”
A month after David Lynch left Showtime’s revival of the beloved 1990s drama "Twin Peaks," the quirky filmmaker said Friday he's back on board after sorting out salary and budget issues with the network.
Showtime confirmed the revival minutes after Lynch's announcement, and added even more good news: Lynch will direct the entire series, and it will be longer than the expected nine episodes.
“This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever,” Showtime president David Nevins said in a statement Friday evening. “Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!”
Showtime announced in October that "Twin Peaks" would be resurrected, 25 years after the show finished taping. As he did Friday night, Lynch tweeted the return the first time in October.
The reboot is set to debut in 2016 with star Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper. Lynch had reportedly written the scripts with "Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost for the nine-episode series. But after production costs rose, Showtime sought to make up for the additional expenses by trimming some of the co-creators' compensation, causing Lynch to balk, Variety reports.
“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 wrote in April.
After Lynch backed out, heartbroken fans launched a campaign to keep the dream of a reboot with Lynch alive. “Twin Peaks” cast members joined the cause, producing a video in which they finished the sentence, “Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like …”
It’s like… well. It’s not good.
With the announcement that Lynch was back on board, past and present stars of the show celebrated.
"Twin Peaks," aired in 1990 and 1991 on ABC, and told the story of an eccentric FBI agent (Maclachlan), who was investigating a teen's murder in a small, peculiar town in Washington state. It was followed by a feature film in 1992, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me." The show's mysteries captivated audiences, and has become one of Lynch's crowning accomplishments in his storied film career. Maclachlan's numerous trips to a diner for slices of pie and cups of "damn good coffee" made the phrase one of the trademarks of the original series.
With Lynch and a host of original cast members signed on for the reboot, fans are hoping the 2016 series is another riveting watch.
David Lynch, we love you, but the emotional roller coaster around “Twin Peaks” is too much. Let this joyous news stick.