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Tremors series starring Kevin Bacon is set up at Amazon

09.01.2016by: Cody Hamman

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It has been nearly a year since it was announced that Kevin Bacon would be returning to the TREMORS franchise in a television series being developed by Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions. No details about the series were ever revealed, just that the pilot episode was being written by Andrew Miller and the show would be catching up with Bacon's character Valentine McKee twenty-five years after the events of the first TREMORS.

Since then, the only further news we've heard about this new Tremors TV show (a thirteen episode series previously ran on Syfy back in 2003), is that they were aiming to make it a ten episode mini-series.

Bacon recently starred in a pilot for Amazon called I Love Dick, and while discussing Dick with Collider, Bacon gave an update on where Tremors is at and the approach that's being taken to the material.

Where are things at with the Tremors TV series?

BACON: We’re at Amazon. We’re still waiting for a draft, but I’m 100% on board with that.

Since you’re going to be playing the same character and it’s set in the same town, is it a continuation of the story that was told in the movies?

BACON: 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.

... 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. Doing funny scary is something that is rarely good and rarely works, and it’s also something that’s incredibly hard to market. I think that was part of the problem. Funny scary is tough, unless you’re Snakes on a Plane.

Getting the project set up at Amazon is a great step forward, and pretty much guarantees that we'll see at least a pilot episode for this new chapter in the Tremors saga. The way things work at Amazon is, they'll add a pilot to their streaming service and then decide whether or not to order a full series based on the feedback they get from viewers. If the feedback isn't good enough, the pilot is all we'll ever get - like what happened with Amazon's Zombieland series pilot.

There is a line in Bacon's quote that will be taken as good news by some and terrible news by others - the part where he says he wants to "put the sequels aside" because he wasn't in them. That sounds like the Jamie Lee Curtis / HALLOWEEN H20 approach of ignoring installments, but of course there is a way to not acknowledge the events of the sequels without contradicting them, and I'm hoping that's what will be done with this Tremors show. It doesn't have to say that Val's friends and neighbors have been fighting Graboids, Shriekers, and Ass Blasters for the last couple decades, but please don't outright tell me that those things never happened.

We'll see how it goes, and hopefully we won't have to wait much longer to find out what's going to happen with this project.

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Extra Tidbit: Are you looking forward to seeing Valentine McKee again?
Source: Collider

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4:03PM on 09/01/2016
He better brings Fred Ward and Michael Gross with him.
He better brings Fred Ward and Michael Gross with him.
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