What we know about the 'Twin Peaks' reboot
25 years after the original series changed television, the next chapter is coming to Showtime on May 21. Here's all we've managed to dig up.
Are you ready for a return to the strange and bizarre world of "Twin Peaks"?
After a 25-year absence, American co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are placing the finishing touches on an official third season to the groundbreaking early-1990s series. "It is not a remake. The story continues," Frost told TV Line. "The seeds of where we go were planted where we've been."
Set to debut on Showtime on May 21st, the new season will reportedly span 18 episodes. Here's everything we know so far about the great "Twin Peaks" revival.
The city of Snoqualmie is once again 'Twin Peaks'
The city of Snoqualmie, Washington – home to just over 10,000 residents – will once again double as the fictional town of Twin Peaks. In the years since the show's original run, fans of the series have come to the area to visit locations such as the Great Northern Hotel (which served as headquarters for FBI agent Dale Cooper), Twede’s Cafe (which doubled as the Double-R Diner), and the beautifully haunting 270-foot-tall Snoqualmie Falls (from the series' opening credits).
"Location sometimes becomes a character," actor Michael Horse says in the above clip. "There's a lot of holy places, a lot of sacred places up here. I can't put my finger on how I would describe it. It just touches something in the psyche. It's almost like being in a moving painting."
The full cast list includes some big surprises
Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul, best known for his roles in "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Blacklist," will appear in the upcoming third season of "Twin Peaks." (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The 217-strong cast list features some welcome familiar names and some interesting newcomers. Fans of the original series will be thrilled to know that American actors Kyle MacLachlan, David Duchovny, Mädchen Amick and Sherilyn Fenn are all back. Rumors are also hinting that actress Catherine Coulson, who played the beloved "log lady," reportedly managed to shoot some scenes before her passing last September.
As for the new cast, it's quite the mix! Alon Aboutboul, a celebrated Israeli actor known for "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Blacklist" and "Dig," will play a role, as will two former Bond girls, Italian actress Monica Bellucci ("Spectre") and French actress Bérénice Marlohe ("Skyfall"). Other surprises include Michael Cera, Ashley Judd and one of the original "Ghostbusters," Ernie Hudson.
Director David Lynch has also injected a bit of mystery into the casting with the addition of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Reznor and musician/actor Jim Belushi. As the director has a penchant for adding musical magic to his productions, we wouldn't be surprised if there are a few masterful "Llorando"-esque moments planned.
Two beautiful posters have dropped
Featuring the ominous tagline "It is happening again," Showtime has released two promotional posters for the upcoming reboot. One sheet includes a face of Laura Palmer, the murder victim at the center of the original series plot line, while another features an older glance at Special Agent Dale Cooper.
Not surprisingly, there are actually a few things we can glean from these posters. First, they were both released on what fans of the series have designated as "National Twin Peaks Day," or February 24th. In the original series, this date marked the first time that Agent Cooper arrived in Twin Peaks to investigate Palmer's death.
Second, the line "It is happening again," was actually uttered in the original series by a character known as The Giant. Played by the 7-foot-tall Dutch actor Carel Struycken, the appearance of this creepy member of the "Twin Peaks" universe would often signal that some foreboding event was about to unfold.
It may span two (or more) seasons
As evidenced by its expansive cast list, Showtime is committing serious resources to its latest television franchise. So it's no surprise to hear whispers that Lynch shot enough episodes for not one but two new seasons. What we do know is that the recently completed 140-day production was reportedly shot from one long script written by Lynch and Frost. According to Deadline, the entire production was shot like a movie and will be cut up into episodes in post-production.
"This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever," Showtime president and CEO David Nevins said in an interview. "Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected."
In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Nevins later described the 24 minutes of footage he's seen in the editing room as "stupendous."
The original composer is back
American composer Angelo Badalamenti will reportedly be back for the new seasons of "Twin Peaks." (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
A "Twin Peaks" season without music from American composer Angelo Badalamenti would be like "Star Wars" without John Williams or the "Bourne" franchise without John Powell. Whereas Lynch and the actors bring the story to life, it's Badalamenti's haunting themes that truly set the mood. Fans of the original series were so deeply attached to the music that an official soundtrack released in 1990 hit the top 10 album charts in Norway, Sweden, Australia and the Netherlands. The show's theme also earned a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Instrumental Performance."
During a Twin Peaks panel at Crypticon in Seattle last year, original cast members Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee hinted that Badalamenti was back on board and hard at work on new music for Season 3. The website TV Line later doubled down on that news with their own sources.
In a recent interview with Spirit and Flesh Magazine, Badalamenti confessed that Lynch told him about the "Twin Peaks" revival more than two years ago. He also revealed that his partnerships with Lynch generally involve him scoring new music well before the cameras start rolling.
"I do most of it before he shoots, and he might play it while shooting so the actors can speak to the themes, tempo and feel," Badalamenti shared. "But with almost every other director or movie, a composer comes in last, because film is edited in order to compose to split-second timing. That’s when nothing can change in the script."
An origins novel is now available
In addition to being a successful director, producer and screenwriter, "Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost is also a prolific novelist. To fill fans in on the quarter-century gap between Season 2 and 3, Frost is putting his literary talents to work with "The Secret History of Twin Peaks." The new book, now available, explores the "unexplained phenomena that unfolded in Twin Peaks in a layered, wide-ranging history, beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark and ending with the shocking events that closed the finale."
According to a statement by Frost, the novel is a personal dream project that fleshes out the world of Twin Peaks and provide an excellent primer ahead of the 2017 Season 3 premiere. "I couldn’t be more thrilled,” he added.
A gushing behind-the-scenes featurette
Just how good is the new season of "Twin Peaks"? According to the cast, the decades-long break has not dulled the series' twisty, dark narrative.
"The show is very dynamic and has a lot of facets," James Marshall, who played James Hurley in the original "Twin Peaks," said in the video. "In my opinion, it discovers in a poetic way the whole human experience."
In addition to a few more soundbites from the cast, the video also features brief glimpses of some familiar locations from the first season. "Prepare to be a little out of your comfort zone in the best possible way," cautions actress Chrysta Bell.
Laura Palmer's death may yet again play a role
During a press conference, Lynch revealed that the new "Twin Peaks" story will, in part, once again revisit the death of Laura Palmer.
“The story of Laura Palmer’s last seven days is very, very important for this,” Lynch said regarding the revival. He also mentioned how wrapping up the mystery surrounding Palmer's death in the original series really took some of the wind out of the series' sails.
“What killed ‘Twin Peaks’ originally — who killed Laura Palmer? — was a question that we did not ever really want to answer,” he added. “That Laura Palmer mystery was the goose that laid these little golden eggs. And then at a certain point, we were told we needed to wrap that up and after that, [the show] never really picked up.”
Lynch also confirmed that there is nothing slated for the series beyond the 18 episodes already shot. He did, however, leave the door slightly open for more "Twin Peaks" in the future.
"Before I said I wasn’t going to re-visit it and I did," he said. "So you never say no. But right now, there’s no plans for anything more.”
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