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Five directors who could replace David Lynch for Twin Peaks

Now that the legendary director has pulled out of the Showtime revival, here's who could take his place

Twin Peaks fans all over the world were devastated this weekend when David Lynch announced that he had pulled out of Showtime's revival of the revered television series. In a series of tweets, the legendary director wrote: "After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done." 

"This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing,” he continued. “‘Twin Peaks’ may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently."

Showtime, which announced Lynch's return to Twin Peaks in October, continues to hope that Lynch will change his mind. In a statement yesterday, it said: "We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. Showtime also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm."

But given that Lynch seems to be digging his heels in, we thought we'd round up a handy list of Lynchian directors that could step up to the nightmare vision of Twin Peaks. And if any of them can't make it, well – we hear Tommy Wiseau is available. 


Now that Mad Men is entering its final season, somebody needs to give showrunner Matthew Weiner a job. You might think that Mad Men and Twin Peaks are worlds apart, but Weiner – who created, wrote and directed the former for AMC – is a longtime Lynch fan. Weiner has celebrated Lynch's influence on Mad Men, saying of Blue Velvet: "It celebrates the horror of the mundane and is filled with reference to a kitschy and ironic '50s' milieu. This incredible observation informed much of the 1980s and became an inspiration for the series and its attempt to equally revise our mythical perception of the period." And if you think Mad Men never reached the dark, surreal heights of Twin Peaks, just watch this clip of ad man Roger Sterling taking LSD for the first time. 


Kelly is the dark horse in our what-if race. The Donnie Darko director has been out of the spotlight for years after his mystery thriller The Box bombed at the box office, but there's no arguing that his directorial debut hits many of the same notes as Twin Peaks: contemporary American suburbia, dreamlike visuals, ominous portents of doom. And let's face it, Frank the bunny suit man is straight out of the Black Lodge. 


Ball has taken on more writing duties of late with the kitschy, gore-filled vampire drama True Blood, but he was at his best with Six Feet Under – a television series hailed as one of the most imaginative shows on HBO when it was on air. The Fisher family, proudly neurotic owners of a California funeral home, are about as repressed as your average Twin Peaks resident. But the Lynch parallels come into their own with Ball's long-running habit of inserting lurid dream sequences into the mundane reality of the Fishers and their funeral home employees. 


Emmy-winning Michelle MacLaren has been called the best director on TV, thanks to her impeccable directing on episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. She's better known for her ability to handle big action-packed set pieces (like the prison murder sequence below from Breaking Bad) but we'd love to see her take on more coolly dramatic work. Having said that, she has just signed a two-year deal with HBO and is writing and directing the new Wonder Woman film, so her dance card may be full for the time being. 


If you want the new Twin Peaks to come with lavishly disturbing visuals and psycho-spectacle, Tarsem's your man. The Indian-American director is great when he's given a decent script to work with and free rein to let his ridic visual imagination run riot – he's never bettered the 2000 thriller The Cell, which turns a sci-fi inspired detective thriller into something worthy of Alejandro Jodorowsky, if Jodorowsky ever directed Jennifer Lopez.