Last we heard anything about it was back in May, but now actor Kevin Bacon has confirmed that the ten episode event series based on the 1990 cult classic “Tremors” is moving forward at Amazon Studios.
Bacon, who can be seen in the Amazon Studios pilot “I Love Dick,” will star in and executive produce the series which is being produced by Blumhouse and Universal Cable Productions and will potentially ignore the straight-to-video sequels to the original. He tells Collider:
“We’re at Amazon. We’re still waiting for a draft, but I’m 100% on board with that. 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.”
The series will be based on the original film which follows two ranch hands (Bacon, Fred Ward) and a geologist (Finn Carter) who discover massive, killer worms terrorizing a small town. Reba McIntire and Michael Gross also starred in the film and no word if any of the other supporting characters from the original will be back.
Bacon says at the time he considered “Tremors” a low point in his career, but now as the film has grown both a fanbase and critical reappraisal with the years, he thinks it’s a great movie:
“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. 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.”
As it’s with Amazon Studios it’s unclear if the project will go through the pilot stage first like most shows, or follow in the footsteps of Woody Allen’s series and just go straight-to-series.