A couple of years ago Kevin Bacon mentioned he’d be keen to reprise his “Tremors” role for a sequel series. Soon enough, Universal, Blumhouse and the “Footloose” actor got together to talk about a possible relaunch of the film franchise.
Deadline has confirmed that a TV series (some will recall there was an earlier “Tremors” series, one which Bacon wasn’t involved in) based on the 1990 film has officially been picked up SyFy, with Bacon set to reprise Valentine McKee and Andrew Miller (“The Secret Circle”) scripting.
In the new series, “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.”
A series of “Tremors” films – all direct to DVD – followed Ron Underwood’s original horror-comedy. Michael Gross headlined the majority of them, with Bacon’s original co-star Fred Ward returning for the first of the sequels.
Miller, who serves as showrunner, executive produces along with Bacon, David Schiff (Southpaw) and Jessica Rhoades.
“This is the only character I’ve played that I’ve ever thought about revisiting. I just got to thinking, ‘Where would this guy end up after 25 years?’ ” said Bacon. “Andrew Miller has a fantastic take on it, and we hope to create a show that will be fun and scary for fans of the movie and folks that have yet to discover it. Let’s kick some Graboid ass!”
“We are so pleased to continue our partnership with Syfy and UCP in reviving this cult classic with none other than Kevin Bacon as Valentine McKee. We look forward to thrilling original fans and new audiences alike,” said Jason Blum.
No word yet on whether any of Bacon’s co-stars from the original, namely Fred Ward, Michael Gross and Finn Carter, will be back for the small-screen sequel.