It's been a couple of years since Kevin Bacon first started stoking the rumors of a TV reboot of the much-loved cult monster movie Tremors, and since it was confirmed in June, the pilot for the show has been moving forward pretty quickly. Now we have confirmation for the shooting location and schedule, which will start later this month. Not only that, but a more detailed synopsis has dropped, which gives a better impression of what we can expect from the return of the Graboids.
One of the most resilient genre franchises around, it was all started by the original 1990 film which starred Bacon as unintentional Graboid-killer Valentine McKee. Since that first film there have been three sequels, one prequel, and a short-lived series, none of which featured Bacon's character. Tremors 6 continues that particular story arc and is due for release next year. However this new TV reboot, ordered by the Syfy channel, is purported to be a straight sequel to the original movie and will focus on the town of Perfection again, with Bacon finally reprising his role as McKee.
Further details for the filming of the pilot have now surfaced, courtesy of the Albuquerque Journal. According to the report, it will begin principal photography in Albuquerque at the end of October and carry on through November. This is presumably the main location shoot for the town of Perfection itself. The article also gives the most detailed synopsis that we've seen so far for the storyline, which is summarised as follows;
'Tremors' will take fans of the acclaimed 1990 film back to Perfection, Nev., where, 25 years after Valentine McKee, played by Kevin Bacon, defeated the Graboids, the man who once seemed destined for greatness is anything but. He's a small-town hero whose glory days faded away with the monsters he braved and whose family moved on when he couldn't let go of the past. And yet McKee's hoping that everything's about to change. His grown daughter coming to visit on the heels of her graduation could signal a permanent homecoming. But no sooner than she arrives, strange and terrifying events make it clear the town is in danger. Led by McKee, the gang from Perfection begins to uncover the spine-chilling truth of what's hunting them. With the future looking darker than ever, these small-town heroes must shake off the dust of years to see what they're made of.
The TV pilot is written and executive produced by showrunner Andrew Miller, with Bacon also producing. The show recently rounded out its supporting cast with some familiar faces, including Emily Tremaine and Shiloh Fernandez. Tremaine will be playing the role of McKee's daughter Emily.
Judging by the latest information, the main focus will be on McKee's (now) world-weary character, and it should be cool to see Bacon reprise one of his best-loved personas and put that spin on it. Hopefully it won't be too downbeat, and go on to retain some of the charm and the neat SFX that made the first film stand out so much. We look forward to seeing the results of this latest bout of Graboid-hunting.
There is no premiere date yet for Tremors. We'll keep you updated as development continues.
Source: ABQ Journal