It was announced via Twitter last night that David Lynch would not be returning to direct the heavily anticipated and long-awaited third season of Twin Peaks. The show, which is scheduled to premiere in 2016 after having been cancelled in 1991, remains one of the most beloved and influential television series in history, and Lynch's bizarre, sinister yet quirky style is one of the main reasons.
That said, I'm not all that sad he won't be in the director's chair.
No. 1, Showtime already has the nine scripts written by Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost (who for some reason people seem to pretend wasn't as important to the original vision as Lynch was). We're getting the story regardless of whether or not it's executed. That's worth getting excited about.
What's not really worth being all that excited about was having Lynch direct in the first place. I know that sounds like blasphemy, but you really have to think about it.
Lynch's last truly great stint in the director's chair of an original full-length movie was The Straight Story 16 years ago. After that he attempted to create the next Twin Peaks but ended up with Mulholland Drive instead when he clashed with ABC and ended up turning the pilot into a film.