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Twin Peaks Season 3: What we know so far

Will Twin Peaks return in 2016 or 2017?

Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost was the one to break the news that Twin Peaks won’t return until sometime in 2017 when he told the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: “The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time.”

“We’re coming back with season three of ‘Twin Peaks’ after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out sometime in 2017.”

Showtime CEO David Nevins later stated there’s still hope for a Season 3 in 2016: “I want it as badly and as soon as the biggest fans in the world. I’m hoping we make 2016; it’s not clear. Bottom line is I’ll take it when they’re ready with it… but I’m hoping sooner rather than later.”

So what do we make out of this?

Showtime still likes Twin Peaks Season 3 to be aired in 2016 but it does not put pressure on the creators. And that’s a good thing!

It shows Showtime is aiming at quality instead of trying to achieve quick and cheap success. Showtime is giving David Lynch enormous creative control, more than others.

Mark Frost clearly feels he and Lynch might come under time pressure when they need to finish up in 2016. They want to take their time for the post production and editing process.

How many episodes will Twin Peaks Season 3 have?

First it was announced it would be nine episodes. Then it became clear that it was going to take more than nine episodes, which was the originally planned-for and budgeted-for length of Twin Peaks Season 3.

The creators and Showtime had to work out the creative and financial details, which took longer than expected. They eventually got through it and filming will start in September 2016.

At the Crypticon event in May Sherilyn Fenn revealed Twin Peaks season 3 would include eighteen episodes, double of the first announced nine episodes. It seems she has spoken before her turn as Showtime’s CEO David Nevins now claims: “I expect the series be more than nine. I know what his shooting schedule is, and then I’m going to let him cut into it however many episodes it feels best at.”

So what do we make of all of this?

The episode count is expected to be formulated during the post-production process. It’s hard to imagine there’s nothing on paper about the duration of Twin Peaks Season 3. I suppose duration is defined in the contract by number of hours, not by number of episodes.

You could have a first episode that’s double the length, which could serve as a pilot. I doubt though whether it’s a good idea to have different durations for each episode. It would give David Lynch some extra creative freedom when he isn’t forced to end an episode but there could hide danger in tempering with the typical TV format or in getting rid of cliff-hangers.

So will there be 18 hours of film? We don’t know. The only thing we know for sure is what David Nevins told us: “David Lynch will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours.” My guess is that it’s going to be between nine and eighteen episodes.

Who from the original Twin Peaks characters will return?

According to David Nevins Twin Peaks fans can expect ‘familiar faces’ to join confirmed returning cast member Kyle MacLachlan. “You should be optimistic that the people that you want back will be there, and then there will be some surprises in addition.”

So what do we make of all this?

The only confirmed returning cast member is Kyle MacLachlan who plays special agent Dale Cooper. We assume that Twin Peaks’ creators want more series regulars to return, but none have officially been announced.

Many old cast members have shared their interest in returning to Twin Peaks on social media. Even David Duchovny who played a cross-dressing DEA agent before becoming known as Fox Mulder in the X-files, doesn’t rule out returning to Twin Peaks: “Stranger things have happened.”

Who will be the added surprises? Some Twin Peaks fans hope “Fire Walk With Me” cast members Chris Isaak and David Bowie will be among the surprises. UFO enthousiasts  hope to see David Duchovny show up when Project Bluebook turns out to include a file on the town of Twin Peaks.

Twin Peaks Season 3: “David Lynch, it’s his show. He deserves it.”

Showtime CEO David Nevins is giving the creators enormous creative control. More than others. No doubt part of Showtime’s agreement with Lynch hinged upon his complete creative control over the finished series of episodes.

So what do we make of all this?

It sounds pretty much like David Lynch has got director’s cut. I suppose the only one standing in the way of David Lynch’s strange twists now, might be Mark Frost. He will be guarding the screenplay that he has written and make sure Lynch does not divert too much from it.

Will Twin Peaks Season 3 answer some of the unanswered questions?

At The Edinburgh International Television Festival David Nevins stated: “I feel like it’s satisfying. If you’ve watched the first round, it answers questions and is an incredible journey. It ends with definitiveness. It’s just a great exploration of those characters and I think there should be some very fun new characters as well.”

So what do we make of all this?

The script that Nevins has read ends with “definitiveness”. Since he has lots of creative freedom there is little guarantee though that David Lynch will stay close to the script.

Some of the unanswered questions:

  • How’s Annie?
  • What happened to FBI agents Dale Cooper, Chester Desmond and Phillip Jeffries?
  • Did Benjamin and Audrey Horne survive Twin Peaks Season 2’s finale?
  • Does the Hayward family harbour a dark secret?
  • Where did BOB go?
  • What was the giant’s message “The owls are not what they seem” all about?
  • Has the Ghostwood Estates project been stopped?
  • Has the pine weasel been saved?
  • Will the town of Twin Peaks ever hear of Leo Johnson again?
  • Did Ed Hurly and Norma Jennings get together?
  • Are the White and Black lodge more than town legends?
  • How can Cooper and Laura have had the same dream?
  • Why does the little man from another place eat garmonbozia?
  • Where is the convenience store above which one-armed man Mike used to live?
  • Will Shelly find happiness with Bobby Briggs?
  • Will Cooper’s former partner Windom Earle be back?

Carefully studying this list of unanswered questions gives an idea of possible plotlines for Twin Peaks Season 3.

Mark Frost sees Twin Peaks Season 3 as a wonderful opportunity to close the circle: “First and foremost, it’s a wonderful chance to work together with a very good, dear friend.

Will there be new music composed for Twin Peaks Season 3?

The usually very reliable TVLine reports that Angelo Badalamenti, the man responsible for the original show’s haunting, iconic soundtrack, has already started work on music for the new episodes.

So what do we make of all this?

Big question is whether David Lynch will replace the old, iconic Twin Peaks theme song (“Falling” with Julee Cruise vocals) with a new one?

Composer Badalamenti is a big fan of  Julee Cruise: “She sings like an angel, with a pure, ethereal tone. There’s nobody like Julee.” So there’s a big chance she’ll be back as well. Will she be singing songs in the Roadhouse and maybe do vocals on the new Twin Peaks theme?

Is there any way to satisfy all Twin Peaks fans?

It will be difficult to satisfy all Twin Peaks fans for 100%. There will always be people who love the new Twin Peaks series and people who’ll hate it.

It all depends on what you’re expecting. When the movie “Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me” premiered in 1992, lots of fans didn’t like it because it had another tone and vibe than the Twin Peaks TV series.

Don’t expect Twin Peaks Season 3 to be identical to Season 1 and 2. After all, it’s 25 years later! That should reflect in the story, the characters, the mood and maybe even in the film techniques and special effects.

For Twin Peaks fans it will be satisfying anyhow when unanswered questions from Season 1 and 2 get answered. So sit back and take Twin Peaks Season 3 as it comes. It won’t be long now.

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Mark Frost will write Twin Peaks season 3

Mark Frost will write and produce Twin Peaks season 3

“The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time.”

Twin Peaks Reboot Pushed to 2017, co-creator Mark Frost says

Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost told the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum that the series won’t return until sometime in 2017. Frost is writing the scripts for Twin Peaks Season 3.

“The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time.” says Frost. “We’re coming back with season three of ‘Twin Peaks’ after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out sometime in 2017.”

Twin Peaks: Written by Mark Frost, David Lynch & Others

Mark Frost and David Lynch jointly developed the stories for the Twin Peaks pilot and the first season. Frost was executive story editor of the second season. One can hardly over-estimate the importance of Mark Frost’s screen writing to the Twin Peaks TV series’ success. Reading Frost’s novels reveals that much of the supernatural and mystical aspects of Twin Peaks attributed to Lynch might have come from Frost. Besides Lynch and Frost, writers Harley Peyton and Robert Engels have worked on some of the scripts of Twin Peaks Season 1 and Season 2.

Early works of Mark Frost – Twin Peaks influence

Scared stiff

Mark Frost writes the original screenplay for Scared stiff. A movie about a singer who gets hounted by strange visions when she and her boyfriend-psychiatrist move into the old house that is haunted by the ghost of a slave owner.

Hill Street Blues

Many episodes were written by Mark Frost. Hill Street Blues is a police drama that aired 1981 to 1987. The TV series shows the lives and work of an overworked, under-staffed inner city police precinct.

Hill Street Blues won 59 Golden Globes and Emmy Awards amongst which for outstanding writing.

The Equalizer

The Equalizer was an American crime drama television series. It told the story of a retired intelligence officer with a mysterious past, who exacts vigilante justice on behalf of innocent people who are hopelessly trapped in dangerous circumstances.

Mark Frost wrote the episodes “No conscience” and “Wash-up”.

Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks cameo’s

Mark Frost on television after the mill burns.

Mark Frost on television after the mill burns.

Just like co-creator David Lynch does a cameo, Mark Frost shows up in a small Twin Peaks scene. He’s on television in Twin Peaks after the mill burns.

Who shot Dale Cooper? Mark Frost did!

One of the most talked about scenes is Twin Peaks Season 1’s cliff-hanger where special agent Dale Cooper gets shot. Cooper answers a knock on his hotel room’s door. When he opens he sees a masked figure and gloved hand. Three shots are fired. It looks like Mark Frost has been operating as a stand-in during the taking of this scene.

Fun fact

Mark frost is the son of Warren Frost who plays Dr. Hayward in the Twin Peaks TV series.

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David Lynch is back on board of the Twin Peaks reboot

Twin Peaks: David Lynch returns to the project

David Lynch is back on board of the Twin Peaks reboot some weeks after he announced his withdrawal from the show. It’s a big relief for Twin Peaks fans who didn’t think it could be done without having both David Lynch and Mark Frost on board.

Lynch’ unique cinematic style and vision are believed by many to be essential elements in the creation of the wonderful and strange TV show. Twin Peaks is consistent with Lynch’ work as a whole. Its unsettling tone, its campy, melodramatic portrayal of quirky characters engaged in morally dubious activities reflects a bizarrely comical parody of American soap operas.

Twin Peaks: Produced by David Lynch & Mark Frost

Twin Peaks is part horror, part neo-noir, part comedy, part melodrama and part soap. When it debuted in 1990, Twin Peaks was like nothing else that had ever aired on television.
David Lynch and Mark Frost had created an eerie story of an FBI agent, who comes to the town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of a high school girl named Laura Palmer.
The murder mystery was only the entry point into a bizarre world featuring a one-armed man, a dancing dwarf and a malevolent spirit named BOB hiding behind Laura Palmer’s bed. Twin Peaks became a huge hit.
It remains one of the most influential shows in television history, with its involvement of a noted movie director, its willingness to take audiences to far-out places. In many ways, it was far ahead of its time.

Early works of David Lynch – Twin Peaks influence

Fans often speak about scenes being “Lynchian” when referring to David Lynch’ surrealist, neo-noir style that magically captures the spirit of America itself.

Much of Twin Peaks’ symbolism and themes can be found in David Lynch’ early works.

Eraserhead (1977)

Eraserhead is a surrealist body horror film written and directed by David Lynch. Shot in black-and-white, Eraserhead is Lynch’s first feature-length film, coming after several short movies.

Eraserhead has in common with Twin Peaks its surrealist imagery, sexual undercurrents and intricate sound design.

Eraserhead marked Lynch’ first collaboration with Jack Nance, an actor who would later play Pete Martell in Twin Peaks. Charlotte Stewart who plays Mary in Eraserhead is Betty Briggs in Twin Peaks.

One remarkable visual element in Earserhead that returns in Twin Peaks: the floor at the black lodge.

One remarkable visual element in Eraserhead…

... that returns in Twin Peaks: the floor at the black lodge.

… that returns in Twin Peaks: the floor at the black lodge.

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man’s plot is carried by the lead character’s dreams. Just like Twin Peaks this movie shows characters engaged in morally dubious activities.

Dune (1984)

Kyle Maclachlan (Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks) is casted as the lead. The film also stars Everett McGill who later played Ed Hurley in Twin Peaks.

Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet revolves around a college student named Jeffrey Beaumont (played by Kyle Maclachlan, Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks) who finds a cut off ear in a field. While investigating where the ear came from, Jeffrey seems to combine characteristics of both a detective and a pervert.

Blue Velvet plays in a town called Lumberton, which is just like Twin Peaks a logging town. Behind the picket fence and the roses in the opening shot, lie the dark secrets of this at first sight lovely town.

Dennis Hopper plays the evil Frank who bears many similarities with BOB in Twin Peaks. Jack Nance (Pete Martell in Twin Peaks) plays an accomplice of Frank.

Wild at heart (1990)

Three Twin Peaks actors star in David Lynch’ Wild at heart. Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks) plays a girl who can’t find her wallet after a severe car accident. Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks) plays the good witch. Jack Nance (Pete Martell in Twin Peaks) does a cameo.

Fire plays an important part in Wild at heart, just like it did in Twin Peaks.

Unique cinematic style of David Lynch essential for Twin Peaks 2016

“I was not so sure about the dwarf” says Mark Frost in an interview. While filming Twin Peaks David Lynch did not always follow the script. David Lynch likes to add scenes that don’t have any context.

Under David Lynch’ guidance things that happened by accident found their way into the Twin Peaks story. Frank Silva (BOB) was a set designer. At one point during shooting in Laura Palmer’s bed room David Lynch thought he’d look great being trapped behind Laura Palmer’s bed. When a reflection of Frank Silva in a mirror was later captured, Lynch decided to keep it in the series and Frank was given the role of BOB.

We’re not sure where Twin Peaks’ season 3 will lead us but we have a slight feeling it could be a place both wonderful & strange.

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Twin Peaks Season 3: Is this thing on?

Twin Peaks 2016: “I’ve got good news”

It’s been a wild couple of months for Twin Peaks fans and social media have been raging about the Twin Peaks reboot.

David Lynch is back with the project. And the news keeps on getting better. At the Crypticon event in Seattle Sherilyn Fenn (who plays Audrey Horne) revealed Twin Peaks season 3 would include eighteen episodes, double of the first announced nine episodes.

Angelo Badalamenti is composing brand new music and Twin Peaks Season 3 will be shot on location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, including North Bend and Snoqualmie, WA.

One final revelation at Crypticon: Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, WA, will be restored as the original Double R Diner set.

Twin Peaks reboot first announced in October 2014

On October 3rd 2014 David Lynch and Mark Frost started off a Twin Peaks revival with a simultaneous post on their Twitter profile: “Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee”

As Twin Peaks fans know, when two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry we must always pay strict attention. Both tweets were published at 11:30 AM, which is the exact time Dale Cooper enters the town of Twin Peaks.

Soon rumours were abound that a Twin Peaks reboot was in the works, which was later confirmed in a press release by Showtime, a subsidiary of CBS Corporation that promised to bring us Twin Peaks’ season 3, a limited series of nine episodes. David Lynch would direct all nine. The show was expected to hit TV screens in 2016.

Twin Peaks Season 3: “There are complications”

On April 5th 2015, David Lynch withdrew from the show, explaining that not enough money was offered to do the script the way he felt it needed to be done. He added:

“This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.”

Showtime later confirmed that Lynch had exited the reboot, but didn’t confirm whether the new Twin Peaks series would continue without him:

“We were saddened to read David Lynch’ statement today, since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. 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.”

Twin Peaks 2016: Is it happening again?

Weeks went by without any official statement neither from Showtime nor from David Lynch. Some members of the cast recorded a personal video message begging for Lynch to return.
Social media were buzzing with Twin Peaks’ fans asking Showtime to get David Lynch back on board. An online petition was signed by Twin Peaks fans from all over the world. A so-called Thunderclap was created, automatically posting the same message to the social media account of thousands of subscribers:

“Let David Lynch and Mark Frost brew damn good coffee for Twin Peaks together. Showtime, please #SaveTwinPeaks!”

On May 16th 2015 David Lynch finally posted a reassuring tweet:

Showtime president David Nevins confirmed the news in a statement. “This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever,” he said. “Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours.”