“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.
The news follows on from recent comments from actor Kevin Bacon that he’s still developing a new Tremors mini-series, one that’s distinct from the straight-to-DVD sequels.
“We’re at Amazon,” he told Collider in August. “We’re still waiting for a draft, but I’m 100% on board with [Tremors].”
Bacon discussed his desire to return to the character of Valentine McKee in my book, 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.”
It’s looking like the Tremors franchise is about to splinter off into two factions, one based on the Burt Gummer timeline, staying true to events in Tremors 2 onwards, while Bacon’s version will ignore all the sequels and start afresh.
Are you excited about the prospect of two rival Tremors projects? Should the production teams be joining forces for the ultimate Tremors film or TV series? Should Wilson and Maddock return to oversee a new Tremors project? Let me know in the comments below!
Read a preview of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors!