Very vague online rumors suggest David Lynch and Mark Frost might, just might mind you, be engaged in the very earliest negotiations toward a Twin Peaks sequel series.
I’ll believe it when I see a real announcement.
However, it should be noted that the original series was set in the winter and spring of 1989, the year the pilot and first season were filmed. The last episode, in which Agent Cooper’s soul became trapped in the alternate dimension known as the Black Lodge, seemed to imply that he’d be in there for 25 years. That would be, hey, 2014! If that denouement were to make it to the screen that year, the deals to make it happen would start, well, now.
I’m just a fan (albeit a huge one) of the series and its spinoff works; but I’ve got my own ideas how a revival should be plotted.
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- The demon Killer Bob, originally played by the late Frank Silva, will need to be recast. All other characters whose portrayers have passed on in real life (Jack Nance, Don Davis, etc.) will have passed on in the story.
- I would open the new series with the newly retired Agent Cooper moving into Twin Peaks and greeting his old colleagues, including now-sheriff Hawk and former sheriff Truman. But they’ve already been informed by Albert Rosenfield and Gordon Cole that Cooper isn’t the man he used to be; that Cooper’s early retirement had been predicated by a series of incidents that called his character into question.
- Hawk and Truman invite Cooper to help investigate a series of perhaps-connected recent crimes around town. The invite is Hawk and Truman’s excuse to keep a constant watch on Cooper himself.
- The Packard Saw Mill has closed, re-opened, and re-closed several times over the years. It’s now re-closed, perhaps for good.
- The Ghostwood Estates development project has been delayed so many times that townspeople joke that it’s “haunted.” Which it really is. Which is why all attempts to bulldoze Glastonbury Grove and environs have ended in bizarre “accidents.”
- The divorced Ben Horne and the widowed Catherine Martell continue their stormy lifelong affair, now openly. They’re still battling with one another over the Ghostwood and Packard lands.
- Ben’s fortune and legacy are also fought for by at least four offspring, legitimate and other. Audrey Horne has been through a few divorces, and has become a jaded manipulator like her dad. Donna Hayward needs the money to take care of hubby James Hurley, laid up for life after a mysterious (of course) motorcycle crash. The grownup Little Nicky, current boss of the town’s criminal element, is just plain greedy. And a mysterious crooked lawyer has filed a suit on behalf of Johnny Horne (who’s been hanging out with Leo Johnson as the lovable “town fools”).
- While Little Nicky is the ostensible main focus of Hawk and Truman’s investigation with Cooper, others are caught up in Nicky’s activities, knowingly or not. They include the young-adult and teen offspring of Andy and Lucy, James and Donna, Bobby and Shelly, Mayor Milford and Lana, and even Mike and Nadine.
- Yes, there’s a murder involving this milieu. The trumped-up investigation turns serious. During this, Cooper eventually reveals himself as not the super-clean force of morality he used to be. But he still hasn’t been exposed as Bob’s carrier. For that to happen, Hawk and Truman have to trick him into re-entering the Black Lodge.
- Along the way, Audrey somehow learns to love again; Julee Cruise sings; Dr. Jacoby fails to “heal” Cooper’s soul; the original series’ other (non-killed-off) characters make at least cameo appearances; and Lynch and Frost make a righteous snipe against the sports-bar chain that stole the Twin Peaks name.
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