As I sort-of predicted in the final pages of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, the franchise is about to return to the small screen in a Kevin Bacon-produced Tremors reboot, with Kevin also set to reprise his role of Valentine McKee.
According to The Hollywood Reporter and numerous other news site, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, home to the hugely successful Paranormal Activity films, will be developing the series based on the 1990 original. The Secret Circle‘s Andrew Miller will write the script.
Whether any of the four sequels, or the short-lived 1994 TV series, will be referenced in the new show is unclear.
When I spoke to Kevin earlier in 2015, he was clearly happy to be remembered for his work with Tremors, and welcomed the idea of a reboot:
“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.”
What’s not yet clear is whether the original creators of Tremors, namely Stampede Production’s S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Ron Underwood and Nancy Roberts, will be involved with the new series in any capacity.
The team very publicly distanced themselves from October’s Tremors 5: Bloodlines when it was revealed Universal Studios wouldn’t allow them creative control of the project. The result is a film that bears little resemblance to the original series.
One of the main reasons 1990’s Tremors remains a popular film is down to the script, which gave Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Michael Gross and the rest of the cast something great to work with. Removing the original writers is to remove the essential element that makes Tremors what it is.
Wouldn’t you want them on board for a reunion, even if that’s just to advise the newbies?
I’m sure I speak for most Tremors fans when I wish Kevin, Blumhouse and Miller the greatest success with the project, just please remember why we’re still celebrating Tremors 25 years later.
Keep an eye on this blog, Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the new series as they happen.
Oh, and you might want to grab yourself a copy of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors while you can to be ready for the new project – there’s lots more from Kevin on his love of Tremors and thoughts about the future direction it might take…
Read a preview of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors!