David Lynch Initially Walked Away From Showtime Over Their ‘Twin Peaks’ Budget

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06.19.18

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Nominations for the 2018 Emmys are less than a month away at this point, and many eyes are on Twin Peaks>. The Showtime revival was a critical darling and brought David Lynch back to the spotlight — including a standing ovation at Cannes. The show might not get as many Emmy nominations as some might hope, but we’re a bit lucky we got the show from Lynch at all. There probably would’ve been some version of the show, but Lynch himself almost walked away due to the budget.

As Lynch lays out in his new memoir Room to Dream, written with Kristine McKenna, his dream of a budget for the new Twin Peaks didn’t exactly meet up with what Showtime was offering (via Vulture):

“Mark [Frost] and I met with Showtime about ‘Twin Peaks,’ then [executive producer] Sabrina [Sutherland] came up with the numbers and everybody freaked out. They were realistic numbers, but Showtime thought the budget was stupid high…

“When I saw the budget they were offering, I said, ‘F*ck this,’ and ready made!” Lynch writes. “I said, ‘I’m f*ckin’ out! If they want to do it without me I’ll probably let them, but I’m out,’ and I felt a tremendous sense of freedom mixed with sadness when I made the decision.”

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