Showtime President Says “Twin Peaks” Is Already Halfway Through Filming; May See Theater Release
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Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg, the presumably exhausted President and CEO of Showtime David Nevins revealed some enticing information regarding the upcoming third season of Twin Peaks. As highlighted by Consequence of Sound, Nevins—while taking breaths in between throwing water on the still-burning fire of David Lynch tantrums—noted that production, now that it’s started, is moving swimmingly, and is in fact already halfway done.
Once production is totally done, Nevins will then be faced with the much-preferred issue of distribution, for which he appears to be thinking outside of the box:
There’s great value in having the conversation sustained over the course of a couple of months. Although, I’ll do different shows in different ways. When we put Twin Peaks out, maybe it’ll be fun not to do just one a week, but to do it in a different way. Who knows. Something I’ll talk about with David Lynch. There’s all sorts of possibilities, but the idea of just throwing it out, having a week or two weeks of buzz, and then having it die down, I don’t think that makes sense for us…
You’re going to continue to see the blurring of movies and television. You’re going to see television shows produced primarily for television that’s going to play in theaters for an occasional out-of-home collective experience. I’m already feeling interest. People are coming to us, ‘You want to premiere this? You want to show four episodes?’ So I guarantee you when we put Twin Peaks out people are gonna want to put that in theaters. So I see those lines blurring.
Of note in that tidbit is that Nevins is still, not surprisingly, interested in a traditional week-by-week rollout of the nine-plus-episode season. And honestly, anything but that kind of airing would be blasphemous given the need for some stylistic continuity between the original two seasons. But the concept of some sort of theater distribution is certainly worth considering in light of the unfortunate bastard child legacy of Fire Walk with Me. What better way to pay tribute to what came before it than to bring it all back into the theaters that rejected it twenty-five years after the fact? Also, the freaky, freaky cult of Twin Peaks is best observed in person. Time to go horse-dancing in the moonlight, gang.