David Lynch To Direct 18 (!) New Episodes Of Twin Peaks, Scored By Angelo Badalamenti, Shot In Washington State

I will tell you three things. If I tell them to you and they come true, then will you believe me?
—The Giant

David Lynch will direct 18 new episodes of Twin Peaks.

Angelo Badalamenti is composing brand new music for the series.

Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, WA, will be restored as the original Double R Diner set.

I’ll let that sink in for a minute.

Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne) at Crypticon

These three revelations were made this afternoon by Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee during a Twin Peaks panel at Crypticon in Seattle. “Yes. Those were the major reveals,” someone close to the organization of the convention confirmed in a message to Welcome to Twin Peaks. “They didn’t seem to know much past that,” he added.

Seriously, that’s about all the mind-blowing Twin Peaks news we can deal with at once. We’ll see twice the number of new episodes than originally expected. Even more beautiful music by maestro Badalamenti will be added to the already enormous soundtrack archive. And the backdrop for the new series will be the beautiful Pacific Northwest again, including North Bend and Snoqualmie, WAAnd we will all be able to enjoy a slice of cherry pie and damn good coffee at the original Double R Diner again!

Double R Diner - Norma Jennings

Whoever thought recent budget woes were about someone’s personal paycheck, you couldn’t be more wrong. Thank you, Showtime! You’re definitely spoiling us!

Oh yeah, and shooting is now said to start in September. Start planning your pilgrimage!

Twin Peaks Panel with Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn on May 23, 2015 (Video)

UPDATE: Here’s the video of the panel, thanks to Brittyn!

And the highlights by Mad Bros Media.

RR Diner sign

Pieter Dom

Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.

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  1. Wow three strikes I’m knocked out! Dying from excitement. Such a wonderful feeling hearing that everything is falling into place and gearing up!

  2. Wait – so we don’t actually know whether this is an expanded Season 3 or new episodes for a potential Season 4, do we?

    Either way, I’m guessing this was the major hold-up for Lynch. Literally double the original proposal/work!

  3. I just checked the website to see if there were any more news about the new number of episodes. I was expecting maybe 10, at most 12. But 18… It made my day! Thanks David, Mark and Showtime! Keep up the great work!

  4. Sounds to me like it’s essentially going to be two seasons now, especially since scripts for the first nine episodes have already been written.

    • My speculation is that, yes, Showtime will divide this into two seasons, HOWEVER, I also suspect that – just for logistical purposes (including cast availability) – all 18 will be shot at once. This will allow Showtime to air the first 9, see if they’re interested in a third season (or fifth, depending on how you view this new season) and still have plenty of time to negotiate it, as they’ll still have a second season of 9 episodes to air.

      That would be my guess on how things proceed…of course, who knows – part of the deal with David and Mark may be that they air all 18 together. You know how David can be about how his product is viewed (he refused to put chapter stops on many of his DVD releases because he wanted the movie to be viewed as a whole…and didn’t want people taking breaks).

  5. WOW (Bob wow). SO glad they’ll be taking advantage of the moody Northwest instead of sunny California! And delighted that Twede’s will be retrofitted back to its original glory… the current decor is tragic.

  6. Great news! I strongly suspect all 18 episodes won’t air at once. See any of Showtime’s series: Homeland, Ray Donovan, etc. They’re more or less 9 episodes a season. I’m guessing Twin Peaks will either run as seasons 3 and 4 or as season 3a & 3b. Either way the first 9 airs in 2016 and the second airs in 2017. The question the becomes do they shoot all 18 at the same time. That’s a LOT of TV production in one go directed by the same person. Time will tell. And, yay!

  7. I have a sneaking suspicion that Showtime is going to go the AMC route and split the show into two half-seasons à la Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

  8. Does anybody know the casting agency for extras or for auditions? I live in Redmond WA only 18 miles from Snoqualmie so if there are any opportunities to be an extra or to audition for any roles I would be thrilled.

    srsly

  9. After weeks of no news and bad news, this is the best possible news we could have gotten. 18 Episodes is unbelievable. Considering there were only 30 episodes of the original, only half of those were “really good” and only a handful were directed by Lynch himself, is it too early to say the return of TWIN PEAKS might be better than the original?

  10. I will be the person who worries. First, I don’t consider this news to be official until Showtime announces it. Yes, 18 episodes would totally get split into two separate seasons, and I just hope and pray that they are all shot at the same time, guaranteeing that we see Season 3b or 4 or whatever you would want to call it. The last thing I want to have happen is that they shoot 9 episodes, leave it in a cliffhanger and then Showtime cancels it, and we are once again left in total suspense. I am just going through worst case scenarios now because all this news is frankly too good to be true. In addition to Badalamenti’s return I hope we also see Julee Cruise in the Roadhouse.

    I am curious, does everyone think that they are planning to shoot everything on location, or just exteriors and select scenes, with major locations like the Great Northern, in a stage somewhere? I had given thought to the idea, how much has Twin Peaks changed in the past 25 years, and I am speaking about the fictional setting, of course. Did they remodel the Great Northern? Is there a new Sheriff’s station? Did everyone get cellphones?

    • Peter, it would have to be a combination of location and stage work. They begin shooting I. September. Daylight is a premium and the sunlit hours are diminishing that time of year. Also, the weather begins to turn then. That said, the autumn hues for the exterior work should be gorgeous.

  11. Sorry, I’m the biggest Twin Peaks fan out there (OK there may be some competition.) But the doubling of the episode order kinda worries. Is a lean nine episode story going to be bloated out, just to justify the cost of building sets and stuff? Maybe it will work, and even I could see a lot of the additional episodes being returned original cast members in expanded roles, which probably most of us (including me) will love, even if it slows a bit the narrative thrust of the new story. But equally, we could be talking a revisiting of Eveleyn Marsh just to see what she’s up to.

    I really hope it’s not just a doubling of the episode order for economy of scale reason, and Lynch and Frost have real justifications for expanding it. But some of Showtime’s track record (witness the late seasons of Dexter. OK witness practically every single one of their shows), shows that the network has a tendency to extend a series and beat a dead horse to well beyond the point of death.

    I really hope Frost and Lynch (deliberately in that order) have a good plan for extending out the series.

  12. I Saw and Knew Before Lynch !!!

    My Intuition Come True !!! I wrote it on the 10th of April
    am i Deserve to Work and Learn with The Genius ! Especially that I’m a Director made over 70 Short & medium Length Documentary for T.V and only one short feature film

    Hosni Ibraheem
    April 10

    Twin Peaks Is Coming
    “Inner Feeling”
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  13. Directing ONE TV episode is an exhaustive undertaking for a single director. I find it a little hard to believe that it’s possible to direct 18 consecutive hours by any one person. David Lynch has got to be in his, what, early 70s? I’m happy it’s coming back but it’s hard to believe they are all truly going to be directed by him, unless some whole episodes are merely of owls hooting or wind blowing through trees. 😉

  14. I like how these two actresses have other personal experiences which are bigger, more important to them than having worked on Twin Peaks, and can’t quite remember particular details as clearly as the demented, fanatical, tedious dorks.

    It’s just a TV show, as good as it was, so all the anxiety and drama that’s been expressed on the web over the little hiccups in the show’s return is so annoying and even depressing. Life and reality may be stranger than we care to acknowledge, but often it’s also stupider. People can be just soooooooooo fuckin stupid.

  15. Hi all,

    It would be fantastic if the new story will be from a dual side. I mean a dual agent Cooper – Dale Cooper/Chet Desmond. Chris Isaak’s presence will be a blast. He’s gone since 1992….:))))

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