‘Twin Peaks’ to return to Washington — with Kyle MacLachlan
Showtime Networks president revealed Monday that the promised return of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” TV show will include some filming in Washington state and Kyle MacLachlan in the cast.
Special to The Seattle Times
PASADENA, Calif. —Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” limited series is likely to return to Washington for some filming this year.
“I’m hesitant to say almost anything about it because [series creator] David [Lynch] is so particular, but, yes, I think some Washington state filming — there and other places,” Showtime Networks President David Nevins said Monday after a Showtime news conference at the Television Critics Association winter 2015 press tour.
Production is expected to begin on the nine-episode new series this spring for a 2016 premiere, with Lynch and Mark Frost writing and Lynch directing all the episodes.
Near the start of the news conference, actor Kyle MacLachlan strolled on stage dressed in a dark suit reminiscent of the style worn by his “Twin Peaks” character FBI agent Dale Cooper on the 1990-91 ABC series that was filmed partially in Washington.
“You look like you need a damn fine cup of coffee,” MacLachlan said, greeting Nevins, who announced that, as expected, MacLachlan will reprise his role.
“I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of ‘Twin Peaks,’” MacLachlan said. “May the forest be with you.”
Nevins said he pursued the “Twin Peaks” brain trust of Lynch and Frost about bringing back the series 25 years after it first aired.
“I was begging them and hoping to pass muster with David Lynch,” Nevins said. “The only way I felt to do it was for David to commit to directing all of them. I think it’s something they’ve been toying with a long time and I think in David’s mind 25 years is a magic number.”
There’s a reference to “I’ll see you in 25 years” in the original series that seems likely to come to pass in the new version.
“He pays attention to that kind of numerology in a big way,” Nevins said, describing their meeting in his artwork-adorned office. “I have some violent, weird imagery” on the office walls.
That includes an image of a bookshelf falling on a young girl — it’s unclear which direction the bookcase is falling.
“I think he liked that, and we were off and in business,” Nevins said, adding that he’ll mostly be writing checks rather than notes on scripts for the new “Twin Peaks.”
“They have been very specific in promising closure. I think that’s exciting. From what I’ve seen — I don’t want to say what I’ve seen — but I think it’s going to live up to expectations and then some.”
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