Steven Spielberg was planning on directing an episode of 'Twin Peaks', says show producer

Steven Spielberg agreed to direct an episode of cult TV series Twin Peaks, according to one of the show's producers and screenwriters.

In an interview on, the screenwriter Harley Peyton revealed that Spielberg – who is best known for box office smashes such as Jurassic Park and ET - had agreed in principle to helm an episode of the programme, but the idea was nixed by the show's creator David Lynch.

Speaking about his time on the show, Peyton said: "After the first season a lot of crazy things happened, like me and Mark [Frost, creator] sitting at Steven Spielberg's house convincing him to do the opener for the second season. That was all ready to go."

He added: "He was a huge fan of the show – watched it every week, I mean a huge fan. Because we were friendly we talked about it a lot and he said to me in passing how fun it would be to direct an episode so I went to Mark over the summer and said, 'This probably is not a bad way to kick of the second season, right?'"

Peyton went on to reveal: Steven just said 'I want it to be as weird as possible, it'll be so much fun' so whether or not he would have even done it – we'll never really know. But when Mark told David he didn't even hesitate saying 'No, no, I think I'll direct the first one. Maybe he can direct later in the season – which he obviously didn't.