Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the sixth film in the Tremors movie franchise. Not bad for a series that started in 1990. Michael Gross, who plays graboid hunter Burt Gummer, spoke with Bloody Disgusting about the new Tremors and revealed a seventh film is already in development.
“Believe it or not, Universal wants to talk about a seventh,” Gross said.
“Wow, all I can say is who would have guessed in 1989 when I filmed the first one that this would have these sorts of legs? It’s kind of amazing to me.”
A Cold Day in Hell sees Burt fight graboids in arctic climates. Gross has some ideas for taking Burt to other far off places.
“It’s just the beginning but I have a very strong idea about it,” Gross said. “They tell me I’m not at liberty to discuss it right now but it will also be, if it even happens, this is ridiculously premature, they just like to talk about these things in case they want to pull the trigger quickly on something. So they’re actually preparing and talking to writers. That’s far from meaning it’s ever going to be made, but it’s also putting Bert in a place we’ve never seen him before. More personal vulnerability along with the monsters. I just like to put Burt in uncomfortable situations.”
Gross’s costar in the last two Tremors, Jamie Kennedy, hadn’t gotten the memo Gross did.
“No, are they making it?” Kennedy said. “That’s amazing if that’s true. I know that to see how this movie’s going, it’s been going really well. People really like it. We’ve been promoting the hell out of it so hopefully if it keeps going then we would do another one.”
Universal Cable is also developing a Tremors TV series which will see Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward reprise their roles from the first movie. Gross said his franchise will continue separately.
“No, I’ve not heard a thing from that I truly do think Kevin is doing his own thing,” Gross said. “Universal is so big, they have one part of the company doing one thing and another part of the company doing another. That is truly almost in competition with itself. Can you think of a better example of a conglomerate? It’s so big, one hand is doing something separate from the other hand. So that’s just the nature of the beast. This has nothing to do with me. I was never asked to be a part of it. I have no idea what’s going on. Just what I hear. I just know Kevin wants to revisit that character all those years later and I haven’t the slightest idea.”
Gross probably has Bacon to thank for turning down Tremors 2: Aftershocks. Ward was still in that but it allowed Burt to become more of the central character. By Tremors 3: Back to Perfection it was Gross’s franchise.
“That wouldn’t necessarily have been so had Kevin Bacon wanted to come back and do another, because I think there was some talk about it,” Gross said. “But I think I fell into that role. Naturally, he’s quirky and fun, so people fell in love with him. So what a blessing because I thought it was comic genius from the very beginning, his comic paranoia and his obsessive-compulsive disorder is just hilarious.”
When Burt’s son Travis was introduced in Tremors 5: Bloodlines, Kennedy had no idea he’d be back for Tremors 6.
“No, I had no idea,” Kennedy said. “We did it. They were like we’re gonna reboot it. I think the movie became better and bigger than people realized. [Director] Don [Michael Paul] had a vision. Me and Michael had this chemistry and it worked. People really like that movie, so the studio liked it and this movie really takes it to the next evolution of it.”
Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital May 1.