Kevin Bacon is readying his return to the small town of Perfection, Nevada to do battle with the Graboids again in the eagerly awaited Tremors event series. Nearly a year on from the project being announced and there's been little in the way of updates, but in an interview with Collider, Kevin Bacon has revealed that the show has found a home in the shape of Amazon.
“We’re at Amazon. We’re still waiting for a draft, but I’m 100% on board with that."
Many years ago, Bacon had described Tremors as a low-point in his career owing to its poor box-office performance. Since its theatrical release, Tremors found a loyal following on VHS and went on to spawn four sequels and a short-lived TV series. More than twenty-five years on and Bacon has much more love for the horror comedy, but the events of the sequels will be largely ignored for the new TV revival.
"It’s great. It’s a super cool idea. They went and made a bunch of sequels to the movie. I want to put those aside because, first of all, I wasn’t in them. But what I was really interested in was taking this guy and, 25 years later, seeing what happened to him, to his dreams, and to his life. Andrew Miller, who’s writing the script, came up with this really, really interesting take on it, and I think it could be a lot of fun.
You never know. It did become a real classic. It was also at a time when the VHS was exploding. Movies took on a life of their own. The last thing you wanted, in that point in our industry, was to have a movie go straight to VHS. Tremors did not perform at the box office, but it did great on VHS. When I came up with the idea and reached out to Blumhouse about looking at it again, I looked at the movie, and I don’t look at my movies, at all. I went back and put it up on my screen at home and went, “Wow, this is a really good movie!” I just didn’t get it when I was there and in it. I wrote it off ‘cause it wasn’t a hit, and I really needed one. But, I think it’s a really good movie. It’s unusual and it’s funny."
Michael Gross' survival enthusiast Burt Gummer is the only cast member who has appeared in all five movies and the 2003 TV series. Over the course of the DTV franchise, the Graboids have evolved into a wide range of new monsters including The Shriekers and the Ass-Blasters. The new series will ignore the new breed of Graboids and see the traditional man-eating giant worms return to the fold.
Tremors The Series is expected to arrive on Amazon late 2017.