Twin Peaks: David Lynch on the Revival of the Series

Showtime will roll out its Twin Peaks revival on May 21.

Creator David Lynch made a surprise appearance at the TV Critics Association’s winter press tour.

He offered a little bit of insight into what brought him to revisiting his cult TV drama, the creative process with fellow creator Mark Frost.

“I see it as a film,” Lynch said of the 18-hour project. “And a film in parts is what people will experience. It was a joyful experience. This word ‘expect’ is a magical word. People expect things, and their expectations are hopefully met when they see the thing.”

When faced with spoiler-free questions, he said, “I love this world of Twin Peaks. I often thought about what might be happening. It was Mark who contacted me, many years ago, and asked if I wanted to go back into that world. We met at Hollywood bar and grill Musso & Frank and talked.

Lynch said that he and Frost wrote the project together on Skype, Lynch from his Hollywood home and Frost in Ojai, California.

News of Twin Peaks’ revival came in late 2014, but then Lynch briefly left the project in 2015, citing a money dispute, before re-boarding prior to filming.

“All I can say is that Showtime executives David Nevins, Gary Levine and Robin Gurney, I love working with them. It’s been super.”

The original had a two-season run on ABC in 1990-1991.

Lynch said that standards and practices was never an issue for the project, but creative interference from the network put it to an premature end after 30 episodes.

“What killed Twin Peaks originally … “Who killed Laura Palmer?” was a question that we never really wanted to answer,” he said. “That was the goose that laid these golden eggs. And at a certain point, we were told to wrap that up, and it never really got back going after that.”

Lynch was vague when asked about whether or not he would revisit the series again. “Before I said I wasn’t going to revisit it, and I did,” he noted. “You never say no. But right now there’s no plan for anything more.”

Returning star Kyle MacLachlan was joined by original co-stars Mädchen Amick and Kimmy Robertson and new additions Laura Dern and Robert Forster.

“There were some long days, but they were joyful days,” MacLachlan said of the shoot. “It was a recognition and a huge sense of gratitude to be there creating something we love and working with a master like David Lynch.”