David Lynch hasn’t created a major TV series since Twin Peaks, more than 20 years ago. His last feature film as director was 2006’s “Inland Empire,” which was barely released. He’s spent the last few years practicing Transcendental Meditation, writing books about it, directing a Duran Duran concert, and delivering an out-of-nowhere, outrageously great supporting performance on last year’s season of Louie.
But now, the 67-year-old auteur may be eyeing a return to television. The Twin Peaks fan site Welcome to Twin Peaks this week cited an interview Lynch gave to the Paris-based, French-language edition of the Metro newspaper. According to the site’s translation- backed up by Google Translate- Lynch said this:
Jerome Vermelin (for Metro France): You could come back with a new series?
David Lynch: I’m thinking about it. I’m thinking about it. Television allows you to tell a story over time, something cinema doesn’t. For me, the two formats will always exist, it’s like painting in a square or rectangular.
These days, with more and more TV networks willing to take chances on esoteric visions from creative types, might be the perfect time for Lynch to get back in the TV game, even if it’s not the Twin Peaks reboot that was rumored and then quickly denied a few months ago.
Lynch’s last attempt at a TV series was Mulholland Drive, a pilot rejected by ABC in the late ’90s that Lynch turned into one of his most acclaimed films in 2001.
UPDATE: This story originally stated that Lynch has not created a TV series since Twin Peaks; in fact, along with Mark Frost, he co-created American Chronicles and On the Air, both of which aired briefly in the mid-1990s.