This weekend, the Internet blew up after David Lynch recently announced that he would not direct the Showtime reboot of cult TV series Twin Peaks.
Lynch, one of the creators of the original series, made the announcement on Twitter, but also assured fans to ignore the rumors that Showtime had cancelled the project that would reboot the series.
Dear Twitter Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks.
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) April 5, 2015
However, Lynch confirmed that he would not direct the series, stating that Showtime wasn't offering enough money to do the series in a way he thought deserving of it. He also contacted the actors involved, none of whom have confirmed if Lynch's decision changes their minds about returning to the series.
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. — David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) April 5, 2015
Showtime announced the reboot of Twin Peaks late last year. Lynch did, however, co-write all nine episodes of the reboot with series co-creator Mark Frost. Production is still set to begin this year, with the series premiering in 2016.
"We were saddened to read David Lynch's statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points," said Showtime in a statement. "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."
Showtime's statement hints that the network could be willing to negotiate the series' budget with Lynch, so this could be an ongoing situation. It's likely that Lynch is rallying the fans behind him by making this announcement so that he gets what he wants, in terms of the series he wants to make.
Considering that Lynch is probably the reason Twin Peaks achieved cult status when it originally aired, it's likely that fans won't watch a rebooted version of the series that he's not a part of.
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