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David Lynch Has Left Showtime's "Twin Peaks" Revival

"Not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done," the original series' creator tweeted.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:12 p.m. ET

Posted on April 5, 2015, at 7:23 p.m. ET

Six months ago, the news of a Twin Peaks continuation on Showtime had the internet more excited than Agent Cooper over some damn fine coffee.

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But now, that's been replaced with disappointment as the original series' creator David Lynch has left the project. He announced his departure on Twitter.

Dear Twitter Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks.

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. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime.

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I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.

In a statement, Showtime hoped this still wasn't the end of Lynch's involvement in the project.

"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."

Showtime originally announced Twin Peaks's return in October.

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In the network's original announcement, Lynch and Frost had signed on to write and produce all nine episodes of the Twin Peaks limited series, which Showtime planned to air in 2016. According to a release at the time, Lynch was attached to direct all nine installments of the series, which was to be set in the present day and would pick up the pieces that were left hanging when the show was canceled in 1991.

“The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back," said Frost and Lynch in a prepared statement at the time. “We’re very excited. May the forest be with you.”

Rumors about the revival potentially being canceled began in mid-March when Lynch told ABC Australia, "I haven't returned yet and we are still working on the contract."

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"But I love the world of Twin Peaks, and I love those characters," he said. "And so, I think it will be very special to go back into that world."

Kyle MacLachlan, who played Agent Dale Cooper in the original series, had signed on to revive his role. A rep for the actor did not immediately reply to BuzzFeed News' request for comment as to whether or not he would continue with the series.

Welcome back to #TwinPeaks Special Agent Dale Cooper! @Kyle_MacLachlan returns in '16 on @SHO_Network #damnfinecoffee

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