The rumor mill started churning over the weekend thanks to some twin tweets from Twin Peaks co-creators Mark Frost and David Lynch that looked like this:
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 3, 2014
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style. #damngoodcoffee— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) October 3, 2014
What did it mean? This morning, the answer arrived via a YouTube clip:
More Twin Peaks. 25 years later. And it’s on Showtime. Is that all we know? Almost: Variety has only a few more details, but they’re significant. The third season of Twin Peaks will be nine epsiodes long and co-written by Lynch and Frost, who are currently working on the scripts, with Lynch planning to direct the whole season. The trade publication cites only “sources” for this info, but the spirit of cooperation behind the announcement suggests those sources have it right.
What shape will the season take? Who will star in it? Will it answer all those dangling questions about silent drape runners? Those all remain TBD, though Kyle MacLachlan did recently tweet a picture of himself having lunch with Lynch. And what kind of Twin Peaks revival would it be without MacLachlan?
A better question: What kind of Twin Peaks revival will it be with him? 25 years is a long time between episodes. The cast has aged. Television has changed. Lynch and Frost, who by all reports didn’t end their partnership on the happiest of terms, have moved on to other sorts of projects. Lynch hasn’t directed a feature film since Inland Empire in 2006, which sported a digital video aesthetic far removed from his past work. Twin Peaks last made an appearance in the Lynch-directed prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which offered an uglier take on the material steeped in an increasingly confusing mythos. Will this resemble that? And finally, this: Is this a world better left alone? In a couple of years we’ll all get a chance to decide on our answers to that last question.
Update: This story is unfolding quickly. More details can be found on a just-posted interview with Frost at TVLine.