Is David Lynch’s Twin Peaks Reboot No Longer Happening?

David Lynch poses in front of one of his pieces during his exhibition "The Air is on Fire". Courtesy of Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images.

Is the long-anticipated reboot of David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks no longer happening? Or is Lynch just playing one of his old tricks on us? That’s the question on every TV lover’s mind after a perplexing statement from the director last week.

In October, Showtime announced it would premiere nine new episodes of the show in 2016. To the delight of fans, Kyle MacLachlan signed on to return as Agent Dale Cooper, and other co-stars including Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) and Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs) also agreed to reprise their roles (see Artist David Lynch to Resurrect Surrealist TV Drama Twin Peaks, and Kyle MacLachlan Returns to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks After 25 Years).

However, during a recent panel for his new art exhibition “Between Two Worlds” at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia,  Lynch told fans the reboot may no longer be happening.

“I don’t know. There are complications,” he said. “I haven’t returned yet and we’re still working on the contract. But I love the world of Twin Peaks and I love those characters.”

Is this the famed auteur just being cryptic, perhaps trying to leverage his extensive fan base in contract negotiations with Showtime, or is it something more grim?

A source close to the show attempted to quell the rumors, stating: “Nothing is going on that’s any more than any preproduction process with David Lynch. Everything is moving forward and everybody is crazy thrilled and excited.”

Fan site Welcome to Twin Peaks reports that Lynch told the audience in Australia that the scripts are finished but that contract talks are the source of the problem—Lynch may be at odds with Showtime over potential DVD and streaming revenue.

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