Twin Peaks is one of the most beloved cult television series, so when news spread of a brand new series to be aired on American channel Showtime, fans obviously got a little excited
That news came all the way back in October 2014, and two years on, we finally have some fairly concrete details on what we can expect from the new show, which comes straight from the skewed mind of original creators David Lynch and Mark Frost.
Of course, being Twin Peaks, the whole thing is shrouded in mystery (and all the better for it), but a load of new information has been given up by Showtime CEO David Nevins according to The Hollywood Reporter, who divulged all sorts of tidbits to reporters during a Q&A session on Thursday.
Here’s everything we know so far:
It’s in the can
The first port of call on Nevins’ Q&A was to confirm that filming has wrapped for the new series, and post-production is well under way.
He proved this by showing those in attendance a “behind-the-scenes reel” from the series and interviews with some of the cast (more on that later).
So ‘Peaks fans can breathe a sigh of relief; it’s done, it’s been filmed. There’s no turning back now, this thing is actually happening!
The cast is massive
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) April 25, 2016
The show-makers themselves have described the series’ cast as “sprawling” and, as previously reported, back in April the show officially announced its cast of names.
All 217 of them.
Yes, it seems like we’re going to have a lot of new faces to get used to.
Notable names that jump out of the list include Tim Roth, Ashley Judd, Laura Dern, Michael Cera, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Amanda Seyfried, Trent Reznor, and Naomi Watts.
It might reinvent the way we watch television
In this day and age of television, there are two ways in which you can go about releasing new programmes.
You can take the traditional approach, releasing an episode a week on a set day at a set time, until the whole series is done. Or, you can cater to those who like to binge-watch entire series in a weekend, and dump everything online all at once for people to dive in.
But it looks like Twin Peaks might be taking neither of those routes, instead being keen to find a happy medium between the two. Nevins said of the show’s possible release format:
“I think it is quite possible we’re not going to do a traditional release pattern.
“I’ve had a couple conversations with David [Lynch], but I want to embrace the unexpectedness of it, so I could definitely see longer episodes or in terms of this question of how do we release it linearly and how do we release it for people who want to stream it.
“Maybe there’s something different between the two.”
It seems to have been filmed in typical Lynchian fashion
“We don’t even know how many episodes there will be,” programming president Gary Levine added in the Q&A, presumably with the kind of confused, deadpan expression seen on so many classic Lynch characters.
Lynch fans know full well this is likely just another case of the curious director laughing in the face of typical show-making practice.
We shouldn’t have to wait too long for it
While an official premiere date isn’t set in stone just yet, Nevins did offer a tentative release window of “early 2017” during his Q&A.
So it looks like we shouldn’t have that long to wait to get back to the surreal world of Twin Peaks.