While Universal Home Entertainment already has a sixth Tremors film arriving on VOD January 30, 2018, a reboot of the franchise has been in the works for quite some time. A few years back it was reported that Kevin Bacon, who played “Valentine McKee” in Ron Underwood’s 1990 classic Tremors, would be acting as executive producer and would also be starring in a “Tremors’ series. In the film, natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.
New details have surfaced, with ScreenDaily reporting that Blumhouse is producing a pilot presentation for Syfy.
“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy,” the Footloose and Diner star told the site while at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was attending a screening of Story Of A Girl, in which he co-stars.
Bacon originally approached Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum, whose horror credits include Paranormal Activity, Insidious Split and Get Out, with the idea of reviving cult comedy-horror Tremors as a feature film, but the project is now being developed as an eight-episode TV series, which Bacon will star in and produce.
He will again be playing Valentine McKee, the Nevada handyman who tussles with gigantic man-eating sandworms.
“It’s the only character I’ve ever played that I was interested in exploring 25 years later,” Bacon said. “It (Tremors) is a really good movie.
“I don’t go back and watch my movies but because we were doing this one, I had to go back and look at it. It’s just the idea of this loser who is living a very ordinary life and has an extraordinary experience with these monsters and becomes, for a moment, a hero.”
The reboot will look at what happens to the character a quarter of a century on.
Franchise star Michael “Burt Gummer” Gross is returning in the sixth film, which could mean we could see him make an appearance in the series, assuming it ever gets off the ground.