North Bend & other Washington towns co-star in the revived series, helmed by David Lynch
By Katie Sauro Editor
When it was first announced back in the fall of 2014 that David Lynch and Mark Frost were reviving Twin Peaks for Showtime, fans of the cult TV series were understandably beside themselves with excitement to see Special Agent Dale Cooper in action once again. After all, it’s been 25 years since that last cup of damn fine coffee and slice of cherry pie at the Double R Diner.
But their bubble was burst in April, when, citing concerns over budget (or lack thereof), Lynch and Frost announced they had reached a stalemate with the network.
Lynch said, via Twitter, that while Showtime might still be pursuing the series, he would no longer be involved as director. “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,” he said. “I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.”
Cue the collective angry groan of fans everywhere.
But ever the mystery man, Lynch reneged on his statement just a month later, telling the world, “The rumors are not what they seem… It is happening again!”
And with that, the series was off and running, with plans to film 18 episodes set in the present day and continuing storylines from the second season. The anticipated release date has reportedly changed from 2016 to 2017, but that’s no matter to the series’ devotees because not only have Lynch and Frost returned to create the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington, but so have stars Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook and Sherilyn Fenn, among many others. Newbies to the cast include Amanda Seyfried and Balthazar Getty.
Of course, Twin Peaks would not be complete without its iconic exteriors, a great number of which were filmed in the small neighboring towns of North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City, just 30 miles east of Seattle. It has been reported that many of these locations will reprise their respective roles in the revamped series, including the famed Double R (aka Twede’s Cafe in the town of North Bend).
The original series was released in 1990, and tourists have flocked to the region ever since to see where their favorite characters lived.
“Since the Twin Peaks series was released over 25 years ago, it has had a positive impact on North Bend’s economy by bringing tourists to our region to visit our beautiful town,” said Londi Lindell, City Administrator for the City of North Bend. She added, “We hope that the return of the series will produce a whole new following of Twin Peak fans who will also want to visit North Bend and all the beautiful natural treasures in this special valley.”
At press time, the production was in the midst of six weeks of filming in the area and, according to Lindell, it was going “very smoothly.”
“We have worked closely with Showtime and David Lynch in issuing all necessary permits to ensure the least amount of disruption to our citizens as a result of the filming activity,” continued Lindell. “They have been wonderful to work with and incredibly courteous of the local residents. Our citizens have been very understanding of minor disruptions to traffic flow and inconveniences associated with the filming.”
The Board of Directors at Washington Filmworks approved some funding assistance for the project. While executive director Amy Lillard was unable to comment on the specifics, she was able to say that Washington Filmworks “has enjoyed the experience of working with the production.”
Washington’s film incentive program has a $3.5-million annual cap, which was met earlier this year. Attempts to raise the cap during this year’s legislative session were unsuccessful despite an enormous effort undertaken by the state’s production community.
Sources told Media Inc. that because the production received limited funding assistance, they brought some of their crew up from Los Angeles. However, as with any production filming in state for an extended period of time, Twin Peaks still equals an economic boost for Washington in terms of hotel night stays, meals in local restaurants, and other influxes of outside dollars.
But perhaps if Lynch and his team had gotten a bigger boost from the state, the series would have brought even more jobs, even more filming days, even more prestige to the Washington production industry in a time when it’s still reeling from a legislative loss and in need of some good news.