After a few minor hiccups, Showtime is about to start shooting the anticipated Twin Peaks revival. But according to Showtime president David Nevins, there was never any doubt of creator David Lynch returning to helm the new season.

"This was a huge priority project to me," Nevins told reporters of Lynch's temporary departure at the Television Critics Association's fall previews. "What happened was, it became clear that it was going to take more than nine episodes, which is the originally planned-for, originally budgeted-for length of the series."

After working out the details, Showtime and Lynch reached a bit of an unorthodox agreement. "I don't know [how many episodes there will be]. They're going to decide," Nevins said. "I expect it to be more than nine, but it's open-ended. I know what the shooting schedule is and then we'll have him cut into it however many episodes it feels best at."

Twin Peaks revival pushed to 2017

Because neither the network nor Lynch has any notion of how many episodes the new season will be, Showtime can't anticipate when Twin Peaks will actually air. "I want it as badly and as soon as I think the biggest fans in the world want it," Nevins said. "I'm hoping we make 2016. It's not clear. It's ultimately going to be in their control. ... Bottom line is I'll take it when they're ready with it."

While Nevins wouldn't go into specifics about who in the cast will be returning for the revival, Nevins assured reporters that fans wouldn't be disappointed. "I think you should be optimistic that the people that you want will be there and then there will be surprises in addition," he teased. "Happily, there will be no other directors. David Lynch is directing the whole thing. He's directing it like one long movie is how he's approaching it."