Twin Peaks Revival To Be Shot As One Continuous Movie

In an exciting new development in the roller-coaster of emotions that is the Twin Peaks revival, Showtime president David Nevins announced today that the new series will begin shooting in September, and (Lynch and Frost) will "film the series continuously as one long movie, which will then be cut into individual episodes in post production." 

Since the October 2014 announcement, and David Lynch's temporary departure from the project, I have strongly argued the importance of the Lynch/Frost team both being at the helm, and network executives giving the talented duo complete creative control.  Here are some of the posts and images I created at the time. 

Hearing that Lynch and Frost wrote the series as a continuous story does not surprise me, and I am sure it won't be the last unique approach from the team who brought us the most groundbreaking TV show to ever grace the small screen.  They work well together, they have a chemistry, and the show needs the creativity and expertise they individually contribute for the best possible outcome.  In 2013, which we now know was when Lynch and Frost were writing the revival script,  Mark Frost said of the show "Twin Peaks is a continuing story that comes from David Lynch and myself."  

Indeed, BOB was only discovered on-set by David Lynch, after then-set dresser, Frank Silva's presence sparked an idea in Lynch's mind, which led to arguably the most terrifying television villain of all time. Similarly, the Red Room dream sequence came to Lynch when he was asked to film a "European, movie-style ending" for the pilot episode, and was struck by inspiration as he leaned against his car on a cold night while the chassis was hot. 

If you want to see what Lynch does to a script, have a look at this first draft of the final episode. The Red Room/Black Lodge scenes would have looked very different without his rewrites and on-set inspiration.

The changes outlined below are from Twin Peaks Wikia and include SPOILERS.

"Differences Between Original Script and Filmed Episode"

The officially-credited writers for this episode are Mark Frost, Harley Peyton, and Robert Engels. However, David Lynch revised their script significantly sans credit, maintaining the episode’s general structure but altering much of the dialogue and many scenes (most notably in the Red Room/Black Lodge sequences, making them more akin to the dream sequences in the first season).

Lynch also added more characters to the episode (probably in deference to the fact that this would be the final episode), some of whom had not been seen in the series for some time. The major differences between the episode as originally scripted and as actually filmed are as follows: 

  • The Log Lady and Ronette Pulaski, both of whom appear in the actual episode, do not appear in the original script.
  • The confrontation between Benjamin Horne and the Haywards is generally the same, although there is more dialogue in the original script. Also, in the original script, Doc Hayward shoves Ben, who strikes his head against a coffee table; a distraught Doc Hayward rushes to Ben's aid and apologises to him. In the filmed episode, Doc Hayward punches Ben, who splits his head against the fireplace; Doc Hayward reacts with terror and does not rush to Ben's aid.
  • In the original script, Hawk and Major Briggs find Leo Johnson in Windom Earle's cabin. Leo instinctively begins to speak when he sees them, setting off the spider-trap set by Earle. Lynch replaced this with the scene in the Double R Diner featuring Bobby, Shelly, Major Briggs, Mrs Briggs, Dr Jacoby, Sarah Palmer, and Heidi the German waitress. With the exception of Major Briggs, none of these characters appear in the original script. In the filmed episode, Leo is only seen very briefly, via footage from the previous episode; his ultimate fate is left unresolved.
  • In the original script, Pete Martell does not accompany Andrew Packard into the bank. Instead, Catherine Martell rushes into the bank just before Andrew accidentally sets off the bomb. Catherine does not appear at all in the filmed episode, and in the original script, Pete’s only appearance is in the Sheriff’s station at the beginning of the episode.
  • In the original script, Sheriff Truman sees a vision of a dark woman wearing chain mail, holding a sword and a shield.
  • The sequences in the Black Lodge are almost totally different in the original script: Windom Earle has much more dialogue; there is no backwards-talking; Laura Palmer appears only for an instant and does not speak; and The Black Lodge Singer, The Man from Another Place, the Giant, the Elderly Bellhop, Maddy Ferguson, and Leland Palmer do not appear. Windom Earle’s fate is less abrupt; he ends up shackled to a dentist’s chair with BOB as the torturer.
  • The revelation at episode’s end that Cooper is now inhabited by BOB is more subtle in the original script. In the bathroom scene, Cooper squeezes toothpaste onto his toothbrush, looks to the mirror and smiles, with BOB’s reflection smiling back; the episode ends at this point. In the filmed episode, Cooper squeezes the toothpaste into the sink, sees BOB’s reflection in the mirror, smashes his head into the mirror, says "How’s Annie?" repeatedly, and laughs uncontrollably."

For a further revision of the script, which were also mostly discarded, go here: 

Lynch and Frost have spent years writing the revival episodes, and have turned in a mammoth script to Showtime, which could end up being anything from 9 to 18 episodes after editing. After years of discussions and planning, script-writing and drawn-out negotiations, Lynch and Frost will begin shooting in September and all is right with the world again.

David Lynch and Mark Frost: Their Collaboration in Pictures