Breaking News – Hot on the tails of the Super Mario Bros movie announcement, it has been confirmed that a David Lynch Chuckie Egg movie is in development. The David Lynch Chuckie Egg movie will be based on the smash hit 80s computer game of the same name. The Exec caught up with Lynch to discuss his new project.
[Cough] David, do you have to smoke in here during the interview?
… Ok then. Can You Tell Us What Drew You To Such A Different Kind Of Project?
Well, it’s like this. People know me for making films that don’t necessarily have linear narratives, bourgeois constructs or easy to follow plots, if any. I’m an artist that seeks constant reinvention and stimulus. Therefore I was very stimulated when Paramount drove a truck full of money up to my home and told me to look at their script for Chuckie Egg: The Movie. I thought to myself, ‘David, it’s time for reinvention. Oh, and a new swimming pool. Ya can’t forget the swimming pool.’
So This Isn’t Going To Be A Subversive Take On The Computer Game Movie Genre?
Fuck, no! As I said, I have reinvented myself. I’m gonna be the darling of the studios. You think Ron Howard is a safe, 7/10 kinda director? You aint seen nothing yet. I’m gonna direct this shit by the numbers. I’ve already been on to McDonalds about a Chuckie Egg McMuffin tie in. This will be the blandest movie I ever made.
Is It Live Action Or CGI?
It’s whatever the fuck the producers tell me it’s gonna be. We haven’t had the initial feedback data from the focus groups yet, so we really can’t say at this stage. But I guarantee you this, Mr Chuckie will have his eggs and eat them.
Had You Ever Heard Of Chuckie Egg Before You Read The Script?
Script? Have you seen the script? If you do, then please forward me a copy. I’ve heard it’s great. But to answer your question, no. I never played video games in the 80s. I was too busy making Dune, Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks. What were you doing?
David Lynch’s Chuckie Egg: The Movie Starts Filming In December
HOLLYWOOD – David Lynch agrees to film TV series of Wild at Heart.
Following the success of Twin Peaks: the Return, David Lynch is once more looking to the small screen for a spin off of his 1990 hit Wild at Heart. The original movie starred Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as lovers Sailor and Lula, on a mad road movie pursued by Lula’s crazed mother. Many discussions of a sequel have circulated, but now it looks like a TV show is the preferred option.
We spoke to Lynch yesterday:
So Wild at Heart?
Yeah, I like the idea. It’s neat. I really enjoyed working on Twin Peaks. The new one. I liked the way that we could really tell a long story. It felt much better than having to squeeze everything into a short period. You know, for a film.
How far along are you?
What with the script? We’re done with the first three episodes. I have story outlines for the whole season. We are also talking with actors to cast. It’s going to be very challenging to have actors come up with something that’ll compare with Laura and Nic and what they did. Though both of those guys will be coming back for small parts during the series. They won’t be in every episode or anything like that, but you know what I mean.
Well, I did the thing with the monkey, What Did jack Do? and that was a lot of fun and they showed that. We just started to have a conversation and those folks have a lot of money and I mean, a lot of money. So I always have these ideas and I said what if me and the monkey went on a road trip, like Wild at Heart. They misheard me and thought I said I wanted to do Wild at Heart. And they just began to throw money at me.
So wait you’re making the film about you and the monkey, not Sailor and Lula?
Yes, kinda. I mean we’ll put in some stuff for the fans but I’m more interesting in tooling around America with Jack, the smartest talking capuchin monkey that I know. We’ll have some music and if the weather is good, we’ll keep the top down.
HOLLYWOOD – David Lynch is to return to TV once more but this time with a reality show spin off from his hit science fiction movie Dune.
The Harkonnens will follow the family of House Harkonnen as they readjust to be kicked of the planet Arrakis and have to readjust to life in an ordinary suburb of Los Angeles. Davide Lynch came into the Studio Exec bungalow to talk about the project.
The guys were kicking around and lost. I saw that they had nothing to do all day but murder florists, so I asked if maybe they’d be interested in a project. Feyd was trying to get into the music business and the Beast was working as a sous chef at the Pacific Dining Car in West Hollywood. It had all the elements of drama and weirdness that I’m drawn. Plus Vladimir is really big in local GOP politics. Everything seemed topical and now.
But didn’t the Baron and Feyd Rautha die in Dune?
Look when I make a film like Dune, I’m freely adapting the story to my needs. I use some license. So no, is the answer I suppose. They didn’t die. It wasn’t a fricking documentary, Exec, you ass nozzle.
Steady on David.
No, you steady on. I’ve had enough of your ass biscuitry over the years. When you’ve eaten as many squirrels as I have you know the score. So put a cork in it.
Okay. Tell me more about the show.
It’s my first reality, so I’m on a steep learning curve. But if anything it feels better than Twin Peaks: the Return. There we had a whole fan base to placate. With the Harkonnens, no one really gives a shit.
HOLLYWOOD – It looks like there will not be a new season of popular sit-com The Cosby Show.
Speaking from a hotel in New York, Bill Cosby admitted that it is unlikely there will be a new season of The Cosby Show:
It looks like we’ve come to the end of the road. I was hoping to revamp it. What with all the reboots around at the moment – Twin Peaks and Fuller House and what not, I figured the time had come to get the cast together once more. I think there’d be an audience for that but what with the changing demographic and the sexual assaulting I guess it looks like a tough deal.
Wait did you just say sexual assaulting?
I meant alleged. Alleged.
So what’s next?
Well, I’ve put out feelers. I’d like to appear in a film.
Who did you contact?
Woody Allen. And Roman Polanski.
Wait weren’t they both accused…?
And some of the younger talent. I’ve always wanted to work with Casey Affleck and Johnny Depp. I thought I might try my hand at punditry.
You mean on a News channel.
Yeah. I’ve got opinions. I’ve left I don’t know how many messages with Roger Ailes but he doesn’t seem to be returning my calls. How low can you go that even Roger Ailes doesn’t return your calls!?
HOLLYWOOD – Following six episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return fans are looking forward to it starting.
Twin Peaks: The Return has been back on TV screens for a few weeks now. And hopefully it is going to start soon. Kyle MacLachlan plays a Dale Cooper accidentally mixed with Rain man. His Dougie is one of those magically transformed characters – someone on twitter reminded me of super-powered Nadine in the original show – who test the limits of the world around him.
Of course, that world isn’t real. And the fact that we’re not in Twin Peaks itself for the most part means that the wild at heart and weird on top nature of everything isn’t contained in a township of quirk. Here Las Vegas and New York are just as weird as Twin Peaks. With his new budget, it’d be nice for David Lynch to take us to Paris or London, maybe Cairo as well. There’s no doubting the verve and ambition on display here. Lynch promised the new show to be an 18 hour art movie and that is basically what we are getting.
So far I’ve seen six episodes and here are my thoughts. The darkness is there. Released from the constraints of network television, Lynch and Mark Frost make explicit the violence and brutality that always lurked in the original show and only came out with Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. As with much that is on television today it is disturbing how much of that violence seems aimed at women. It ain’t mitigated by the humor mixed in with the brutality. The soundtrack to a multiple stabbing scene raised a giggle while I was gasping at the murder.
The drip feed return of old favourites is excruciatingly slow, but that slowness seems to be the point. Some fan favorites get one short scene or even a single shot in the case of the long-awaited Diane. This approach defies expectation, teases and frustrates in equal measure. But having endured Better Call Saul recently, I applaud the the freshness here, the refusal to retread. Meanwhile, we’re getting moments of genuine weirdness. We witness the death of a child in a way which was both tense, terrifying and ultimately devastating. The fact that Lynch maintained the strange acting style of hyper-normality made everything even more excruciating. How can you criticise people reacting to the sudden death of a child, because they’re not polished enough in their performances? Not actorly enough?
My guess is that the structure of the show will follow Fire Walk With Me and these episodes are in effect a prologue which will draw is ultimately back to the town. But by now Lynch and Frost have set out their stall. This is the way things are going to work. My guess is Twin Peaks is only now about ready to begin.
HOLLYWOOD – Classic TV show The Waltons is to be revived for Netflix, it was announced today.
Following the news recent remakes of cult TV shows – The X-Files and the forthcoming Twin Peaks – it was no surprise that Walton Mountain is to be revisited with a new season to drop sometime next year on Netflix. The Waltons followed the adventures of the Walton family, a poor but honest brood of innumerable members who lived in the Virginia mountains during the Great Depression. With Ma and Pa, the grandparents and the seven children, the Waltons would have weekly episodes in which something deeply moral was learned. The eldest son John Boy Walton would grow up to be a novelist and he would narrate the opening and close of the show, often giving the moral and what was learned. ‘Goodnight, John Boy’ was the much loved sign off until in 1981, it was heard for the last time.
Netflix released a statement about the new show:
The time has come to revisit The Waltons and Netflix is proud to announce a reboot of the show. This hourly drama series will star Kanye West and Kim Kardashian as Ma and Pa Walton. Caitlyn Jenner will play Grandma and Aziz Anzari as John Boy Walton. With a new cast and writing team, The Waltons will be a loving recreation of the original set in the same period, but will also confront issues of gender identity and racial intolerance. Bryan Cranston as a KKK Grand Wizard looks set to be one of the most terrifying villains on TV.
The Waltons: A New Beginning will drop sometime in 2017.
HOLLYWOOD – While we’re all waiting for the next Twin Peaks season, David Lynch today announced that he was also planning to write and direct a spin off season of Invitation to Love, the ‘show within a show’ soap opera featured in the cult series.
Twin Peaks is set to return in 2017, but news dropped today that Invitation to Love is also to be granted a stand alone season.
Speaking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec, David Lynch explained what the show will be about:
We loved doing the little inserts of Invitation to Love in the original Twin Peaks. It was always a fun way of commenting on the action of the actual show and it gave us a license to make the story of Twin Peaks quite ridiculous while always seeming strangely real. You see you had the soap opera that the characters were watching and it is just a weird thing. You never see people watching TV on TV and so getting them to do that made our show seem more real, though of course our plot was often as ridiculous as the fake soap opera.
But it is now going to return as a show in its own right?
That’s exactly right, Exec. You see I loved doing them but I always wrote far more for Invitation to Love than we could ever actually use. And so when Twin Peaks got cancelled I would keep on writing episodes of Invitation to Love. Some of them I converted and sold to other TV shows, Gray’s Anatomy bought a couple and the entire finale of Lost is just an Invitation to Love episode with all the characters’ names changed. But when we got the go ahead to start Twin Peaks again it seemed natural that I should do Invitation to Love as a companion piece. It had grown so big though, I knew I couldn’t bear to have the show just exist in snippets so me and Mark Frost decided we would make Invitation to Love as a stand alone series that we would film alongside Twin Peaks.
Lara Flynn Boyle and Kyle MacLachlan are both expected to give guest performances though the main cast has yet to be confirmed. Sherilyn Fennalso said that she would have a role in the soap opera and also revealed that the plots of the two shows would intertwine. She told Studio Exec:
I think they’re going to be two fun rides. People will be debating the influence of the one show on the other for a very long time. And David being David things are bound to get very, very weird.
HOLLYWOOD – First we hear The X-Files is coming back and now David Duchovny has revealed that popular nineties erotic anthology show The Red Shoe Diaries are also coming back.
Of course everyone is excited about the return of Twin Peaks and some even more so about the imminent revisiting by Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) in “The X-Files”, but for some of us David Duchovny will always be the gate keeper to television erotica that was “The Red Shoe Diaries”. Running throughout the 90s and directed by Zalman King and Raphael Eisenman, the anthology show featured Duchovny in the role of Jack Winters, a man whose lover has committed suicide and who asks women to write in letters describing their knocking off experiences in a quest to understand the mystery that is woman.
The Californication star dropped by the Studio Exec hot tub to talk EXCLUSIVELY about what had got the creative juices flowing once more:
You know how it is, you get to a stage in your career and you simply don’t want new challenges. You want to go back to the old challenges and see if you can do them over and better. I was in Aquarius and that was quite good and Californication, but really I wanted to get back to the X-Files and once I was doing that I thought why don’t we do Jack Winters again. I’m really curious to find out, where is Jack today and what, in the age of internet pornography, is he doing with himself.
And what’s the answer?
He’s been spending a lot of time in his room and he’s lost weight! No, I’m only kidding you. The fact of the matter is the more we allow a free run of our desires – 5 Shades of Grey etc. – the more mysterious the become and the more alienated we become from them. It’s the paradox of our time that we have all these freedoms and what do we fantasize about? Being tied up and told what to do. It’s as if capitalism had a direct through line to our id.
What everybody loved about the original – apart from the cinematography and music – were the high end cameos. Who have you got lined up for the new show?
Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis…
…are just a few of the actresses who have turned us down. But I’m hoping to pull some strings and maybe we can persuade Lindsay Lohan and Tara Reid to make an appearance. Steve Buscemi is definitely in for the pilot. Which ironically is going to be about a pilot! Ha!
The Red Show Diaries will be broadcast early next year.
HOLLYWOOD – Wild at Heart but a bit of an Eraserhead? You need our free giveaway cut out and keep David Lynch-O-Meter!
‘Yes, I am making Twin Peaks!’ – ‘No, I’m not making Twin Peaks!’ – ‘Then again maybe I am making Twin Peaks, or Dune Messiah!’ For months it has been almost impossible to get The Straight Story from arch weirdo David Lynch, but don’t get Blue (Velvet). Here at the Studio Exec (with the help of master craftsman@ThePixelFactor) we have produced an EXCLUSIVE David Lynch-O-Meter to help predict the actions of the Lost Highway himself before he (Mulholland) Drives us all crazy.
Spin the wheel and find out what David Lynch is going to do today. Whether it is directing or not directing season three of Tin Peaks for Showtime, or perhaps putting the dental in Transcendental Meditation, this helpful implement will be fun for all the family from toddlers to Grandpa!
HOLLYWOOD – In a sensational decision Showtime and Fox have decided to merge the reboots of X-Files and Twin Peaks into one super show called Twin-Files: X Peaks.
Both X-Files and Twin Peaks had been announced for new seasons following a protracted hiatus for each. The decision was made shortly after midnight, the traditional time to make bad decisions. A spokesperson for Showtime spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec:
We’ve been thinking for a while why can’t we merge two shows in such a way as to create double the impact and these shows have large and committed fan bases who I feel will welcome the move. Plus many of these fans like both shows so they will be able to get their enjoyment in half the normal time which will leave them free for Role Playing Games and angry comment sections.
But how will you reconcile the different stories and themes?
Are they different? Really? In both shows, you have maverick FBI agents, so we’ll get Mulder (David Duchovny) and Skully (Gillian Anderson) and Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan). I mean Duchovny was in both shows so there’s a way in right there. In both shows, you have a paranormal element, be it UFOs or psychic visions. And in both shows you have a kind of kooky sense of humor which the guys from The Big Bang Theory are going to help us replicate. Also both shows were cancelled after they lost ratings and to some extent they lost their way.
Does the decision to merge the shows having anything to do with David Lynch dropping out of the project?
Absolutely, categorically yes. He left us with the scripts and he’ll be involved in some way, but he won’t be directing and we just thought without Lynch who is going to be watching? We got drunk after that and we were in the same cocktail bar as a load of Fox execs and they were bitching and moaning about Chris Carter, so we kind of began to put two and two together. We worked out that when it comes down to it, this isn’t about quality television or wonderful shows, or raping your memories, or a lack of originality, or beating dead horses, or a lack of orignality. No. It’s more about money. These two shows will be cheap to make and lots of people are going to tune in no matter what. So it’s a win-win.
HOLLYWOOD – After bowing out of the Showtime 2016 resurrection of Twin Peaks, David Lynch has confirmed that his next film will be the long-awaited Dune sequel: Dune Messiah.
In 1984, David Lynch’s original Dune was considered a commercial and critical failure but The Elephant Man director had always said he wished to return to Arrakis and film Frank Herbert’s second novel in the saga Dune Messiah. Lynch spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec:
It’s just one of those things that has been grinding at me for years. I was so attached to the original material that I read all of the Frank Herbert novels, even those towards the end when things really got ridiculous. For years I’ve resisted the idea of doing sequels although I’ve returned sometimes to Twin Peaks. But with Dune it was different. If someone had given me the budget I would have gone tomorrow.
So what took so long?
The budget, as I said, was always going to be a factor. Filming in Arrakis is really expensive. There’s not just the logistic of having to deal with the Guild, but paying of the Fremen costs a lot as well. But we’ve managed to raise the money and Kyle Maclachlan has agreed to come on board and repeat his role as Paul – Maud’Dib – Atreides. So I’m really excited.
I know David, you seem really excited.
But when we spoke about Twin Peaks you seemed really excited as well.
That was different.
With Dune Messiah we will be shooting on Arrakis which, as I’ve said is an expensive, difficult and might I say dangerous location, but with Twin Peaks we were going to have to shoot in Canada. And I’m just not prepared to do that.
HOLLYWOOD – No sooner had David Lynch tweeted he would not be directing the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks than his replacement, Rush Hour 2 director Brett Ratner, was immediately announced by the proud network.
The planning for the new Twin Peaks show is already in place with the scripts finished and casting almost complete, but protracted negotiations over budgeting saw an unhappy David Lynch leave the process, tweeting his farewell. Initial reaction was overwhelmingly negative with fans expressing widespread dismay, but that turned to joy when news leaked that Brett Ratner – director of Tower Heist and Hercules – would be stepping in.
Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec, Ratner stated:
I have always been a huge fan of Twin Peaks. I have an encyclopedic knowledge of the show. When I was a kid I would dream of the show and I’d write stories about my favorite characters, especially J.R. and Sue Ellen.
What do you think you will do differently from the original?
The important thing is to bring out a balance between respecting what made the original series great, mainly the adultery, and what modern audiences want to see now: Ben Stiller and Kung Fu based comedies with motor mouth black comedians. I’m committed to getting rid of the off-beat element of the show – I mean all that Bobby coming back in the shower bit for instance didn’t work for me – in order to get to the core emotions of the characters.
HOLLYWOOD – Actor Kyle MacLachlan – made famous by his portrayal of Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks – is still undecided on whether or not he will return to the show.
‘The thing is I’m just not sure I can fit it in,’ the Blue Velvet actor told Studio Exec this morning.
I have Paul Verhoeven phoning every day asking me if I’ll reprise my role as Zack Carey in Showgirls 2. Oliver Stone has been harassing me to play Ray Manzarek in his follow up to The Doors, After Jim. And the Flintstones franchise looks like it’s still going to happen and I’d love to play Clifford Vandercave once more. It’s a role that I didn’t really perfect and the opportunity to take another swing at it would be great.
But surely the opportunity to work once more with David Lynch…
Oh yes. David and I worked together a few times in the past. Dune was my first break and Blue Velvet was a lot of fun. I’m never sure why we didn’t do a sequel to that. Or The Hidden. That was nasty in a good way.
But I think all your fans really want to see you as Dale Cooper?
Dale Cooper. They want you to say Damned Fine Coffee. And wax poetic about the pie.
Really? They don’t want Clifford Vandercave or Zack Carey?
Well, now you mention it. It would be cool to see Zack Carey again.