The writer of Amazon’s upcoming Tremors mini-series has revealed that Kevin Bacon will star as “a horrible loser” and that the town of Perfection is “coming face to face with failure”.
Things have been pretty quiet on the Tremors front of late, with news of the rival TV and direct-to-video sequels relegated to occasional social media posts or regurgitated news items on entertainment blogs.
This changed earlier this week during the 300th edition of The Writers Panel podcast, which featured interviews with a number of Hollywood screenwriters.
One of those on the panel was Andrew Miller, who is penning the 10-episode Tremors series for Amazon. When asked to talk about the show by host Ben Blacker, Miller revealed that the series is “about failure.”
“The Kevin Bacon character is now 25 years older, a horrible loser in this town that had a brief moment of glory in the 80s or 90s and is now worse off than it was before. The town is coming face to face with failure.
“It’s also a Donald Trump story in that it’s the notion of nostalgia as a drug that’s killing us and looking back on a time – the longer you look at that time in the mirror without accepting reality, these monsters start to grow beneath the surface. In this case it’s these worms that are literally growing beneath the surface.
“People are trying to get over these traumas and both empower themselves and put themselves in great danger. I think we’re not processing trauma as healthily right now as we could be. I find myself not processing trauma as well as I ought to be and feel like I’m the star of my own horror movie sometimes.”
Miller’s comments are another indication that the new series will ignore the continuity of the film sequels, splitting the Tremors universe into two.
Whether Amazon retains any of the original actors from Tremors remains to be seen, but it does look like Burt Gummer won’t be appearing. Michael Gross recently revealed that he’d been to Universal Studios to discuss the latest sequel, Tremors 6 and has mentioned on his Facebook that he hasn’t been invited to star in the Amazon show.
You can read about how the franchise got to this rather confusing point in Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, which looks back at the history of the films and the original TV series before looking ahead to future productions.