In 1990, the horror/action movie Tremors starring Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward tunneled its way into theaters. The movie didn’t fair to well at the box office but eventually found itself with a rather exciting niche group of fans. That fan base has turned the ancient worm-based franchise into a somewhat of a cult phenomenon, which has spawned five direct-to-DVD sequels and a short-lived television series.
Kevin Bacon (The Following) only appeared in the first movie, while Fred Ward (True Detective) managed to return for the second film. Other actors and characters came and went over the life of the nearly-thirty year old franchise but one person remained constant – Michael Gross as the always-armed survivalist Burt Gummer. Gross has appeared in every installment of the Tremors world, including fourteen television episodes, so it’s no surprise to learn that he will be in the upcoming sixth Tremors film.
Last year, Universal Television and Blumfield Productions announced they were developing a Tremors-based television series, with Kevin Bacon reprising his role of Valentine McKee from the first movie. While not much else has been released regarding the upcoming show, Gross went to his Facebook page to announce the sixth film to his fans and while there, someone asked if he was involved with the TV show as well. His response:
The franchise went into hiatus between Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (which placed the story during the old west era) and Tremors 5: Bloodlines, with many fans wondering if (or when) the next movie would ever happen. S.S. Wilson (Wild Wild West) created the characters before going on to write the scripts for the first four installments and even directing Tremors II: Aftershock. For the fifth movie he handed over scripting duties to William Truesmith, while Don Michael Paul (Kindergarten Cop 2) took over as director. According to Gross, Paul will return as director for Tremors 6.
Burt Gummer (a.k.a. Michael Gross) has become the face of the Tremors franchise but last movie saw Jamie Kennedy introduced as his estranged son, Travis Welker. At the end of Bloodlines, we see Burt and Travis as reality show stars, in the spirit of shows such as Monster Fish and Finding Bigfoot, hunting monsters of varying types around the world. It’s possible the story will be fleshed out for the next film installment, though initially that storyline was the concept of an abandoned television project back in 1996, Tremors: The Lost Monsters.
Hopefully, since the Tremors television series is still in early development, Gross will get the call from producers to carry his character into the show – it just wouldn’t be Tremors without Burt Gummer.
There’s currently no release date for Tremors 6 but we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Source: Michael Gross
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