Kyle MacLachlan is getting set to reprise his role as Agent Dale Copper in Showtime’s revival of ABC’s groundbreaking ’90s television series Twin Peaks. Taking place twenty five years after the original series wrapped with a stunning cliffhanger, creator David Lynch will direct the entire run despite some recent hiccups. MacLachlan offered an update on the show and shared his excitement for revisiting his quirky FBI character.
Though filming is expected to get underway in the fall, he admitted Twin Peaks mastermind David Lynch is keeping things under the expected shroud of secrecy. “It’s all still under lock and key,” MacLachlan said while chatting with Collider talking up his role in Pixar’s Inside Out.
MacLachlan said he was both surprised the Peaks gang was getting back together after all these years.
“I love the character, and I always thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to get back into Cooper’s shoes again?” But, I always felt like that lives in its own place. That it’s come around again is really exciting and unexpected.”
Twin Peaks will return for 18 episodes on Showtime as what is know as an event series. In its original run on ABC, fans considered the show event watching each week, tuned in and ready to chat up and analyze the next day. I know I did.
“It was one of the first TV shows that did that. It played with so many things that were unusual, down to just the rhythm of the scenes in the show, and the look and the music and the dialogue. It had a very simple, strong premise with, ‘Who killed Laura Palmer?’ That was the logline, and from there, it just spun off into such eccentric places, but was so interesting. It was one of the first shows like that, that really made people uncomfortable, which is good.”
Although production is likely mapped out and all the scripts have been handed into Showtime (written by Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost), MacLachlan still has no firm date in regards to his first day on set.
“I’ve just heard this fall. Probably September or October, or something like that, but I don’t have a specific date yet. Hopefully, we’ll know something soon.”
It looks like the cast who are set to return are putting their faith in Lynch, and are all equally in the dark as they are anxious.
“Yeah, I am. I wish I had information. I don’t have any information. I’ve read a little bit, and it is marvelous. There’s nothing I can really say or talk about, but I’m excited.”
How much the revival will stand on its own remains to be seen. While its unlikely Showtime would green light 18 episodes of a series that requires you to have seen the entire original run to understand the plot, there is much to adhere to for its re-launch. The fallout of the show’s first season “Who killed Laura Palmer” storyline cannot be ignored plus the series’ insane cliffhanger ending that had Agent Dale Cooper possessed by the spirit of Laura’s killer. MacLachlan contemplated if the new Peaks will hold up in binge-watching obsessed television environment.
“Binge-watching is always a good thing. One of the fun things about it is that, people who didn’t know Twin Peaks or haven’t seen it, I think it will compel them to go back and watch the original episodes, and that will hopefully excite people about what’s to come. Particularly with the first seven episodes, it’s just really striking how unusual and different it was, for the time, and I think it still holds up.”
You can check out Collider’s full interview where MacLachlan also talks his roles in Inside Out and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. here.