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David Lynch has rejoined Showtime's Twin Peaks revival

Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

David Lynch is returning to Twin Peaks — again.

The revival of the hugely influential, spooky soap on Showtime has spent much of its brief life in pre-production swathed in uncertainty. Though the program was first teased by the legendary director (and Peaks co-creator) on Twitter, Lynch later withdrew from the project, saying talks with Showtime had broken down over money. The show's triumphant return would be absent its chief creative architect.

Lynch and his fellow co-creator, Mark Frost, had written the miniseries' nine episodes, but Lynch had also been planning to direct all of them. His signature eye for the uncanny among the mundane would be richly missed.

Now, however, he's announced his return to the project on Twitter.

Showtime released a statement saying that not only will Lynch continue to direct the whole of this new Peaks, but it will be longer than the originally ordered nine hours, though the statement did not indicate how much longer.

Lynch's departure and return from the project increasingly seems like a sort of social media negotiation — using the forces of an internet that keenly anticipates his upcoming project to badger an opponent that's not backing down.

Of course, this is Lynch we're talking about, so it's just as likely that if you take the exact amount of time he was gone from the project, you'll discover a secret message pointing to the secrets of the cosmos. Why else have a Twitter account?