Fans of backwards-talking dwarves, elaborate snakeskin jackets, severed ears and amnesiac lesbianism are about to be very, very disappointed: In a new interview with director David Lynch, the filmmaker expresses doubts that he'll ever make a movie again. In an interview with The Independent, ostensibly about his new album (yes, he also makes really weird albums), Lynch said, "My ideas are not what you'd call commercial, and money really drives the boat these days. So I don't know what my future is. I don't have a clue what I'm going to be able to do in the world of cinema."
Oh no! What are undergraduate film school students going to have to stay up and discuss after smoking questionable weed?
The director hasn't made a film since 2006's nightmarishly whacked-out "Inland Empire," which was shot on consumer-grade camcorders and features Laura Dern and someone wearing a bunny suit. He said he doesn't know if the current cinematic landscape, choked with big time tentpoles, superhero movies, and computer generated kids fare, can accommodate him anymore.
"It's a very depressing picture. With alternative cinema – any sort of cinema that isn't mainstream – you're fresh out of luck in terms of getting theatre space and having people come to see it," Lynch told the Independent. "Even if I had a big idea, the world is different now."
Earlier this year rumors circulated that Lynch was reviving his beloved cult series "Twin Peaks," which he says is still a possibility, although in the most zigzag-carpet-pattern, oxygen-huffing way possible: "I like the idea of a continuing story. And television is way more interesting than cinema now. It seems like the art-house has gone to cable." So there you have... something.
In other Lynch-ian news, it seems like the Criterion Collection is getting ready to put out a deluxe version of his highly acclaimed "Mulholland Drive," which would be nice considering the original DVD didn't even have chapter stops (seriously).