Will Twin Peaks Reboot Hit Movie Theatres?

Michael Roffman (Consequence of Sound) on the distribution options for the reboot
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Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne) and Kyle MachLachlan (Agent Dale Cooper) in the original Twin Peaks series

Now that The X-Files has closed up shop once again, it’s time to start salivating over Showtime’s forthcoming revival of Twin Peaks. Though, don’t go roasting any coffee or baking any pies just yet. We still have awhile before David Lynch officially invites us back to the small Pacific Northwest logging town.

So much time, in fact, that Showtime’s CEO David Nevins is still ironing out how the network will release the damn thing. However, one thing’s for sure: You won’t be able to binge-watch the new series. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nevins digressed on the future of television, and speculated on how they’ll promote Twin Peaks:

“There’s great value in having the conversation sustained over the course of a couple of months,” Nevins contended. “Although, I’ll do different shows in different ways. When we put Twin Peaks out, maybe it’ll be fun not to do just one a week, but to do it in a different way. Who knows. Something I’ll talk about with David Lynch. There’s all sorts of possibilities, but the idea of just throwing it out, having a week or two weeks of buzz, and then having it die down, I don’t think that makes sense for us.”

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David Lynch

Nevins later hinted at those “sorts of possibilities,” chewing on the concept of taking more series to theaters:

“You’re going to continue to see the blurring of movies and television,” Nevins explained. “You’re going to see television shows produced primarily for television that’s going to play in theaters for an occasional out-of-home collective experience. I’m already feeling interest. People are coming to us, ‘You want to premiere this? You want to show four episodes?’ So I guarantee you when we put Twin Peaks out people are gonna want to put that in theaters. So I see those lines blurring.”

Eventually, Nevins went on to call Lynch something of a genius and an “incredibly efficient director,” who’s apparently more than halfway done with the shooting. He wouldn’t confirm the cast, of course, but insisted that many of them have worked with the auteur over the years. [Read More]

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