The Holy Grail for fans of David Lynch’s quirky 1990s television series Twin Peaks has long been the scenes that were shot for but deleted from the final cut of the show’s big screen prequel spinoff Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Reportedly running a total of 40 minutes or so in length, these scenes featured a number of series regulars reprising the characters and were often their only appearance in the production. Previous attempts to bring them out in on a DVD release have either been blocked by rights issues and/or there not being any money forthcoming to fulfill Lynch’s desire to have the post-production work finished on the scenes.
Ray Wise, who played Leland Palmer, father of the show’s central murder victim Laura Palmer, was recently interviewed by Capone over at Aint It Cool News and he stated that the upcoming Twin Peaks blu-ray set, which will contain both seasons of the show as well as the film, will also feature the long awaited Fire Walk With Me deleted scenes.
Capone: When you saw David Lynch recently, were you two concocting more rumors to throw out on the internet?
RW: [laughs] Well, I’m sure more rumors will come out of it, but we were meeting to discuss and do some things for the new box set that’s coming out on Blu-ray. All the “Twin Peaks” episodes, including the pilot, also paired with FIRE WALK WITH ME, the prequel movie. So, all the “Twin Peaks” material is going to be in this new set, plus deleted scenes from FIRE WALK WITH ME.
Capone: Something like 40-some minutes of scenes is what I heard. Is that all going to be on there?
RW: Yeah, it’s going to happen. I don’t know what happened to be able to do it, I suppose it has something to do with the French producers. But, it’s happening. I guess the first cut of David’s film, FIRE WALK WITH ME, was probably around three-and-a-half hours long, maybe approaching four, we’ll probably see a lot of that material on the new set.
There’s been no actual official announcement of a release date for the set nor any official announcement as to what special features may be on it, but it sounds as Wise is absolutely certain that the deleted scenes will be a part of the package and that is good enough for me.