Kevin Bacon will produce and star in a new Tremors TV series about Perfection, Nevada's giant, man-eating worms.
In 1990, Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward starred in a B movie about giant, man-eating earthworms called Tremors. Few expected much to come of it (including Bacon himself) but its strong performances, great creature effects, and bizarre sense of humor turned it into a critically-acclaimed cult classic. Now, 25 years later, Bacon is returning to a new Tremors TV series, both as star and executive producer.
That's right, Tremors fans: The Graboids are coming back for Bacon.
In the original film Bacon played as Valentine McKee, a handyman in the remote settlement of Perfection, Nevada. After a series of killings rock the town, Valentine and his partner Earl discover the truth: Enormous man-eating worms are digging through the Earth and consuming any living thing that sets foot on the ground. Tremors went on to gross $16.6 million, kicking off four direct-to-video sequels and a short-lived television series.
Since the new Tremors series is in its early stages, there's not a great deal of information available just yet. Bacon does intend to reprise his role as Valentine McKee, and the series will be developed by Blumhouse Productions. Andrew Miller of The Secret Circle is credited as writer, but no television network is attached to the series. There's also no word whether Michael Gross - the only actor to star in every Tremors project to date - will be involved in the new version.
Mostly though, I'm just excited for the prospect of a new spin on Tremors. While its sequels and spin-offs have a mixed quality, the original is an incredibly solid monster flick that wonderfully balances humor and horror. With Bacon producing, this new series might finally strike the balance that elevated Tremors past its shlockly B movie roots - or it'll just be an excuse to watch earthworms eat hapless citizens for a full season. Either way, I'm on board.
Source: Hollywood Reporter