So at last we have some concrete news about the Twin Peaks revival which David Lynch wrote as one big screenplay and even shot as one garganuan episode which he then chopped up into – we now know – 18 hours, though the exact number of episodes is a little less clear. It will have a two hour premiere in the US on Sunday May 21st at 9 pm, and if you live in the US the next two hours can be screamed across Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand before they’re shown the next week, after which it’ll then be one hour episodes thereafter. The good news for UK fans is that the premiere will be simulcast [shown at the same time in both the US and the UK] so it will also be on Sky Atlantic from Monday 22nd May 2017 at 2am. If you don’t wish to stay up that late, it will then be repeated Tuesday 23rd May at the more reasonable time of 9pm.
It was Showtime president and CEO David Nevins who officially announced most of this, and he also told the press that Twin Peaks is “designed to be a closed-ended, one-time event”, and will be “pure heroin David Lynch” and “Lynch’s unadulterated vision” which basically means that it will weird as hell, which for Lynch fans like myself are just the words we want to hear. “We talked,” Nevins said. “I wouldn’t call it traditional notes. But we had deep discussions on the script and on the cuts. But it was David’s choice what to do and what not to do”.
Nevins also gave us the first whiff of a narrative, revealing that “the core of it is Agent Cooper’s odyssey back to Twin Peaks”, though it’s hardly much more than the ‘Official Synopsis’ which just talks about seasons 2 and 3 and then ends with: “25 years later, the story continues…”. Lynch did reveal at a press conference that there’s definitely a connection to the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Perhaps he’ll make Laura’s death a mystery again as he never wanted to reveal the murdered in the first place but was overruled. Nevins also told us not to expect any typical trailers which will reveal things: “You’ll see film pieces come out, but they may not be a traditional trailer”. Isn’t it a refreshing change that it’s all so secretive?
The insanely huge cast brings back many old faces, notably Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Sheryl Lee [which is odd considering that her character died 25 years ago], Kyle MacLachlan, Everett McGill, Kimmy Robertson, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Robert Forster and Lynch himself, along with Alicia Witt, Warren Frost, Dana Ashbrook, James Belushi, Chrysta Bell, Robert Knepper, Michael Cera, Eddie Vedder, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Sizemore, Balthazar Getty, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Jim Belushi, Monica Belucci, Jennifer Jason Leigh,Tim Roth and many others.