The series was developed and written by Lynch and Frost over a number of years, and directed in its entirety by Lynch. Many original cast members, including Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, will return, as well as a large number of new additions, including Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Jim Belushi and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Little is known regarding the plot of the new series, however Showtime president David Nevins stated, "the core of it is Agent Cooper's odyssey back to
On October 6, 2014, it was announced that a nine episode miniseries would air on Showtime, written by David Lynch and Mark Frost and to be directed entirely by Lynch. Frost emphasized that the new episodes are not a remake or reboot but a continuation of the series. The episodes are set in the present day, and the passage of 25 years is an important element in the plot. Regarding whether the miniseries will continue into an ongoing series, Frost said, "The proof will be in the pudding. If we have a great time doing it and everybody loves it and they decide there's room for more, I could see it going that way."
In March 2015, Lynch expressed doubts for the production due to "complications". However, Showtime confirmed the series was moving forward, stating, "Nothing is going on that's any more than any preproduction process with David Lynch. Everything is moving forward and everybody is crazy thrilled and excited." In April 2015, Lynch stated he was not returning to direct the nine episodes due to budget constraints. However, Lynch and Showtime were able to come to an agreement, with Lynch confirming on May 15, 2015, that he would return to direct, and that there would be more episodes than the originally announced nine. At a Twin Peaks panel in