David Lynch and Showtime couldn’t agree on financial terms for the cable network’s “Twin Peaks” reboot, so Lynch has left the project, he announced Sunday on his Facebook page.
“Dear Facebook Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks,” he wrote.
“After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. 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 announced in October that it was bringing back “Twin Peaks.” Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost were set to write the scripts for the nine-episode series. Lynch was supposed to direct all nine, which were set for a 2016 premiere.
Showtime confirmed that Lynch has left the project.
“We were saddened to read David Lynch's statement today, since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points,” said Showtime’s statement.
“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.”
At a Television Critics Association panel in January, Showtime president David Nevins confirmed that original cast member Kyle MacLauchlan would star in the reboot.
Sherilyn Fenn and Dana Ashbrook were also reportedly planning to reprise the roles they played in the series that originally premiered on ABC in 1990.