Tremors is certainly one franchise we didn’t think would ever get a reboot, and yet lo and behold, the new pilot has just wrapped filming, and star Kevin Bacon has even shared an intriguing photo from the set.
The pilot, which was ordered by Syfy but has not yet been picked up to series, features Bacon reprising his role from the 1990 cult film as Valentine McKee, making the series more of a sequel than a straight up reboot. The original film featured the small desert town of Perfection, Nevada as it became overrun with gigantic subterranean worms known as Graboids, and it was McKee who ultimately saved the day. The series, meanwhile, is taking things in an unexpected direction. Apparently, after saving the town, McKee developed a bit of a God complex and fell into a downward spiral of alcoholism and failure, but it’s now fallen on him to save the town from the Graboids once more.
On his Instagram account, Bacon shared a photo from the last day of shooting. It depicts a cardboard box filled with busted up McKee bobble heads with a sign reading “Make an offer.” It seems likely that these were an unsuccessful attempt by McKee to cash in on his heroism from a quarter-century ago, and clearly it did not go as planned.
The original Tremors spawned four direct-to-video sequels, though none of them drew the kind of B-movie-loving fanbase that the fun original did. The new series marks the return of Bacon to the franchise, as he did not appear in any of the prior sequels. As of right now, he is the only cast member from the original film returning for the series, though several of them — namely Michael Gross, who’s appeared in all of them — have appeared in some of the sequels. It’s not clear if the new series will treat the sequels as canon, but it seems unlikely since an apparently unrelated sixth Tremors film starring Michael Gross is currently slated for release next year.