David Lynch: I’m Out of the Movie Business

At 71 years of age, David Lynch is under no pressure or obligation to bow to other people's expectations. Following a glittering career that has spanned 10 films, five television series and a multitude of short movies and music videos, the director will only engage in projects that speak to his interests.

As the beloved show Twin Peaks prepares for a return to the small screen following a long hiatus, Lynch spoke to the Australian press via The Sydney Morning Herald about the show, the industry as a whole and his plans for the future. As always, he offers a blunt and forthright analysis that only David Lynch can articulate.

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As if putting his own unique spin on the concept of fake news, Lynch argued that his 2006 title Inland Empire will likely be his final movie. Sticking to his creative vision above any other consideration, he says that the commercial pressures of Hollywood has too much of a detrimental impact.

"Things changed a lot," Lynch recalled. "So many films were not doing well at the box office even though they might have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren't the things that I would want to do."

When the topic of trailers arose, Lynch was of the opinion that too much of the plot is given away by the studio's as they attempt to squeeze as much content into two minutes as possible.

"Completely ruins it," Lynch candidly remarked. "People want to know up until the time they know, then they don't care. So, speaking for myself, I don't want to know anything before I see something. I want to experience it without any purification, pure; (I want to) go into a world and let it happen."

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Enjoying cult status from 1990-91, ABC's Twin Peaks was the greatest murder mystery series ever created. Reviving the show some 26 years later, what was the motivation to return after such a long absence?

"We sat and we talked and it did happen to be not quite 25 years later," Lynch replied. "We started talking and more things started coming out and then, at a certain point, enough came out that we started talking about doing it... There must not have been a lot of cons, because we did it. The good things, the pros, were many. It's the love of that world and the characters and the possibilities, it sucked us in."

Those that criticize Twin Peaks say that the lack of clarity in the plot was too frustrating to bare over the two seasons. But, as far as Lynch is concerned, the guidelines on following a narrative aren't worth the paper they are written on.

"There are classes of screenwriting where they reduce things down to formulas but there are no rules, there shouldn't be any rules."

Season 3 of Twin Peaks will premiere May 21 on Showtime.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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