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Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward to star in 8-part Tremors series

Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward to star in 8-part Tremors series

Kevin Bacon’s Tremors TV pilot looks set to go to series with an 8-episode order, with Fred Ward returning as Earl Bassett for the first time since 1996’s Tremors 2: Aftershocks.

It was in August 2017 that we last heard anything substantial about the latest TV outing for Tremors, a franchise that has now split into two factions as Michael Gross continues to lead a series of direct-to-DVD film sequels and 13-part TV series (Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell hits streaming in a few weeks time) as survivalist Burt Gummer, while Bacon’s reboot ignores everything after the 1990 original, his character of Val McKee still battling Graboids in Perfection, Nevada.

In a tweet from director Richard Clark (Outlander, Doctor Who), he appeared to confirm that the pilot is going to series: “Universal shooting 8-part TV Tremors this summer with Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward! I’m begging to direct! Scripts a lot of fun.”

While Ward was rumoured to part of the pilot, this is the first word that he’ll be back alongside Bacon and the giant worms. Universal and SyFy have yet to confirm the news.

According to the synopsis for the pilot TV movie written by Andrew Miller, “the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex.”

It’s believed that Miller will also serve as showrunner on the SyFy series alongside executive producers Kevin Bacon, David Schiff and Jessica Rhoades.

Bacon told to me why he’s interested in a reboot in this interview I carried out with him for my 2015 book, Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors.

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New Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell trailer surfaces

New Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell trailer surfaces

Guns, Graboids and more guns.

Burt and Travis are heading back to DVD and streaming in the latest Tremors sequel, Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell, which saw its trailer debut online today.

As for the actual plot of the film, well that’s not entirely clear from the trailer, which gives us running, explosions and guns. Lots of guns. We also catch a glimpse of an Assblaster in the Arctic and what appears to be a strain of Graboid last seen in Tremors 5: Bloodlines.

See what you think:

As has pointed out elsewhere, the film sees Burt Gummer replace his iconic Atlanta Hawks baseball cap with a Chicago Cubs hat (Michael Gross is a Cubs fan), which is a pretty major development for the franchise (apart from the change in Graboid design of course).

There’s almost certainly going to be a liberal helping of humour in Tremors 6 (that’s a key Travis character trait) but it also seems the grittiness of Bloodlines has been raised up a notch. A colder tone for a cold climate?

Universal are again distancing themselves from the warmer feel of the Stampede films (Tremors 1 – 4) and the first SyFy TV show (not to be confused with the forthcoming Kevin Bacon SyFy pilot).

As for that plot, well here’s some more from the official press release:

“Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant-worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the artic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponised, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!”

I also looked at 6 things we know about Tremors 6 last year on this very blog, which does reveal a few things not seen in the trailer.

Let me know what you think of the new trailer in the comments below or over on the Facebook page.

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Vincenzo Natali to direct SyFy’s Tremors pilot

Vincenzo Natali to direct SyFy’s Tremors pilot

The long-gestating small-screen Tremors reboot took another step forward this week, with the announcement that Vincenzo Natali has come aboard as director of the pilot.

Natali, best known for his feature films Cube and Splice and work on high-profile TV series including Westworld and American Gods, is a friend of the TV show’s writer, Andrew Miller.

According to Deadline:

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex.

Miller will also serve as showrunner on the SyFy series alongside executive producers Kevin Bacon, David Schiff and Jessica Rhoades.

You can hear Bacon explain to me why he’s interested in a reboot in this interview I carried out with him for Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors.

Readers of Seeking Perfection may have spotted Bacon holding a copy of the book in the above photo – I had a chance to meet him during his recent visit to Edinburgh and he told me he was trying hard to get the series on air.

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Kevin Bacon Tremors series moves to Syfy

Kevin Bacon Tremors series moves to Syfy

In an interesting turn of events, the new Tremors TV series headlined by Kevin Bacon will now move from Amazon Studios to Syfy for a pilot, reports Screen Daily.

Bacon had originally revealed that Amazon would air a 10-episode sequel, which looks set to ignore continuity from the film series and take place 25 years on from the 1990 original.

The series order is now reported to be eight episodes, produced by Blumhouse Productions.

An earlier incarnation of Syfy, then the Sci-Fi Channel, produced the original 13-episode Tremors TV series in 2003, cancelling it after just 13 episodes before it had a chance to find its feet.

The complex process of making the series is detailed at length in Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors.

As Bacon explained in Seeking Perfection back in 2015, he’s keen to revisit the town of Perfection and the character of Val McKee:

“This guy is one of the few characters I’ve played that I’d be interested in seeing where he is 25 years later. Who does that guy grow into? There’s a lot of possibilities about what could have happened in his life in 25 years – for me it always comes back to the character and that would be fun to explore.”

Meanwhile, Tremors 6 is gearing up for release in January 2018.

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Tremors 6 will shoot in South Africa

Tremors 6 will shoot in South Africa

Returning director Don Michael Paul hinted at it in a series of Instagram posts, now Tremors star Michael Gross has confirmed it: the franchise is returning to South Africa for Tremors 6.

Gross revealed in September 2016 that Tremors 6 was going into production, with Don Michael Paul posting photos from a location scout at Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve in November.

On the road again!!! #kaggakamma #tremors #universal1440entertainment #graboids

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As is now a Tremors tradition, Michael Gross returned to Facebook last night to announce that he’ll be flying to South Africa next week alongside Tremors 5 co-star, Jamie Kennedy. More

Amazon’s Tremors series is ‘a Donald Trump story’ reveals writer

Amazon’s Tremors series is ‘a Donald Trump story’ reveals writer

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.” More

Michael Gross reveals Tremors 6 is happening

Michael Gross reveals Tremors 6 is happening

“IT IS HAPPENING!” So screamed the announcement on Michael Gross’ Facebook page last night as he revealed that Tremors 6 has been given the greenlight from Universal Studios Entertainment.

He went on to confirm that his Tremors 5 co-star, Jamie Kennedy, would be back for more monster hunting, along with director Don Michael Paul.

Nothing else is known about the latest entry in the Tremors saga, though it’s likely the film won’t see the return of original creators, SS Wilson and Brent Maddock, who declined to be part of the rebooted franchise back in 2014 when they discovered they wouldn’t have any creative control over the project – read their full statement. More

Kevin Bacon reveals plans for Tremors mini-series

Kevin Bacon reveals plans for Tremors mini-series

Kevin Bacon has been taking part in a promotional Twitter Q&A for his latest film, The Darkness, during which he revealed more on the Tremors TV series he first discussed last year.

In 2015 he explained he was teaming up with Blumhouse Productions on a TV reboot, to be written by Andrew Miller.

When asked on Twitter whether he’d be keen to make another Tremors, Bacon explained:

“I would love to make another Tremors. In fact we’re working on a 10-episode mini-series right now.”

Bacon also responded to a question about whether a Tremors series should feature him teaching Graboids to dance…

Bacon discussed his desire to return to the character of Valentine McKee in Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors:

“This guy is one of the few characters I’ve played that I’d be interested in seeing where he is 25 years later. Who does that guy grow into? There’s a lot of possibilities about what could have happened in his life in 25 years – for me it always comes back to the character and that would be fun to explore.”

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