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Agent Cooper Cool to ‘Twin Peaks’ Film : Movies: Plans are off for big-screen version of television’s critically acclaimed but odd series.

TIMES STAFF WRITER

For a while, fans of the quirky but ill-fated TV series “Twin Peaks” believed they’d have one last taste of the town’s famous cherry pie, coffee and inbred relationships, in the form of a big-screen movie version.

That was the hope, at least, after ABC-TV canceled the prime-time soap opera in May.

But on Thursday, creators David Lynch, Mark Frost and their Lynch/Frost Prods. said that the movie version is off.

Lack of interest on the part of Kyle MacLachlan, who played the central character of FBI agent Dale Cooper, was the primary reason, said Lynch/Frost chief executive officer Ken Scherer.

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“The story as conceived relied heavily on the Cooper character,” Scherer said. “Kyle no longer wants to do the role. That’s unfortunate for ‘Twin Peaks.’ . . . We’re all very sad.”

MacLachlan’s publicist said the actor could not be reached on Thursday for comment.

Scherer said most of the TV cast had indicated interest in the film, which he said would have begun production in late August on location.

“We think there is a good audience for the show. Even at its lowest rating it represented 9 to 10 million viewers.”

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When “Twin Peaks” debuted in April, 1990, it was greeted with a chorus of praise from critics and large ratings at first. It received 14 nominations, more than any other show in last year’s Emmys, but won only two technical Emmys. And the ratings continued to fall during the season.


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