Hot on the heels of Monday’s announcement that Showtime will air new episodes of cult-classic series Twin Peaks in 2016, The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with co-creator Mark Frost about the show’s return.
Frost, who will co-write all nine installments with co-creator David Lynch, explained that popular streaming service Netflix never entered the picture when discussing where to take the new episodes.
“We had that first meeting [with Showtime], and it was so encouraging, it didn’t feel like there was a need to go anywhere else,” said Frost. “I know there’s been this whole emphasis on binge-watching — and a lot of people have done that to our show — but I think when you’re unveiling hours, there’s something to be said for spacing it out. Give people a chapter at a time, instead of the whole book.”
The nine new chapters will begin filming in 2015, although no details have emerged about who will be in front of the camera. Frost discussed the amount of new Peaks being produced, saying that the nine-episode order was what he and Lynch needed to tell their story.
“The show should be no longer than the amount of time you need to tell it, and that’s just the number that we came up with. What we wanted to do fits into this number of hours. It was not a hard decision.”
Time will tell if this initial episode order will lead to more Twin Peaks in the future. “Well, I think we’re very happy to tell the story that’s in front of us,” Frost said. “We’ve also reckoned anything is possible. We’re remaining open to all possibilities to see where it leads us.”
Showtime’s Twin Peaks will arrive in 2016.
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