It may not, strictly speaking, be science, fiction, but David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is weird as shit and we totally love it, and this is pretty big news. The beloved cult favorite series is coming back after 25 years. And this is no hood wink or flimflam, not a hint, a rumor, or an innuendo, this is official business. Over the years Lynch has indicated and teased that this could happen, and most of us didn’t expect it to ever materialize, but it’s finally happening. Showtime even dropped a teaser to make the announcement.
As you probably expect, there’s not a lot to this teaser, but it is suitably strange and unnerving, and when you hear the echo-y sound of that iconic theme song, fans are going to get chills. And then there’s that bit at the very end that will surely jar you out of any wistful reverie the idea of more Twin Peaks elicited from you. That also feels like an appropriate move.
Here’s what we know so far. This will air on Showtime, which seems pretty obvious given that they’re the ones who released this video. Deadline reports that there will be nine new episodes, all written by Lynch and producer Mark Frost, who is also back for the second go round. Production is set to kick off sometime in 2015, and the new mystery will likely begin to unravel sometime in 2016.
There’s one more thing, Lynch is going to direct all nine episodes himself. He’s been busy with shorts and documentaries and various David Lynch-style randomness lately, but hasn’t helmed any substantial projects since 2006’s Inland Empire. We don’t have any word on casting, though series star Kyle MacLachlan is expected to return as Special Agent Dale Cooper (you can bet he still has a taste for a damn fine cup of coffee and cherry pie).
The new episodes are set in the present and will “continue the lore and story of the original series.” What that means, remains to be seen, but you can bet it won’t be simple or straightforward. You have to wonder if they’re going to pick up with the abrupt way the second season on ABC left of (it still boggles my mind this was on network TV), which was one hell of a cliffhanger. It will also be interesting to see who, if any, of the cast of memorable characters come back for the second go round.
Talking to TV Line, Frost says, “It is not a remake. The story continues. The seeds of where we go were planted where we’ve been. I’ve always said that Twin Peaks to me was like a novel we filmed every page of. So this is more like we found another volume of the saga, and now we want to bring that to life too.”
Like I said, this isn’t sci-fi, but the esoteric nature of the series, mixed with all the strangeness, tension, and twisted ambiance, all adds up to something were damn excited about, and this is something we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on.