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Kevin Bacon shares the Tremors TV pilot—Val is washed, Graboids are hungry

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  • The Perfection Tourism Bureau evidently leaned strongly into its early '90s spotlight. SyFy
  • The ATX TV Festival Event brought together the Tremors TV cast to "show" the pilot through screening clips and doing a live read for portions that may not have been totally finished. Nathan Mattise
  • The event also had a pre- and post-pilot Q&A hosted by Ben Blacker (podcaster, Thrilling Adventure Hour). From L to R: Blacker, Rhoades, Miller, Bacon, Olagundoye, Byrne, Haley Tju (as the newest generation of the Changs), and Tremaine. Nathan Mattise
  • Mmmm, Bacon. Waytao Shing / ATX TV Festival
  • Kevin Bacon doesn't typically reprise roles, but he made an exception for Val McQueen. SyFy
  • Val gained some national notoriety for his anti-worm heroics back in the day, but those baddies haven't been seen since, and our hero may or may not be clinging to the past a bit. SyFy
  • Val has a daughter, Emily (Emily Tremaine) who takes after her mother really. SyFy
  • Actor Toks Olagundoye plays Jessica Florence, a civil engineer in town to help make a Silicon Valley out of the Southwest Valley. SyFy
  • PJ Byrne revives the original film's character, Melvin. "I think if he was just hugged as a kid, hed be fine, a lovely man," Byrne said. "But Vals character would always shit on him, yet he really loves this man. If Val ever said, I love you,' hed be healed… but he didnt. Now [Melvin] just wants to prove to everyone that hes a hero, too." SyFy
  • This pilot has modern polish films of the early '90s didn't, thanks to crew like director Vincenzo Natali of projects like Hannibal and Westworld. SyFy
  • Surprise! Graboids have resurfaced for this series. SyFy

AUSTIN, Texas—Two types of Tremors fans exist in the world: those who've seen Tremors: Bloodlines and those who only acknowledge the franchise's original film starring Kevin Bacon. In that 1990 horror-comedy, a small Southwestern town called Perfection suffers from an infestation of people-eating sandworms (called Graboids) that local not-so-brainy beefcake Val McKee (Bacon) eventually beats back. Ars' Culture Writer Jennifer Ouellette casually refers to this movie as "perfection," not an uncommon sentiment. If B-movie horror with flashes of comedic brilliance and a few edge-of-your-seat scares interests you, viewers likely can't do much better than Tremors.

So when news of a modern reboot for television first trickled out in 2015, this development triggered both cautious optimism and premature regret. Various sequels already existed in the straight-to-DVD world, as well as a short-lived 2003 cable series. But they resembled the over-the-top camp of Sharknado more than Tremors.

Yet, Bacon agreed to both reprising his role and executive producing. Writer Andrew Miller put together the script. And horror powerhouse Blumhouse Productions—then pre-Get Out but still post-gems like the original The Purge—partnered with Bacon on the whole thing. Even the most diehard fans couldn't wish for much more 25 years after the original cult classic. After all, Bacon seemingly never opted to revisit old roles before that point.

"[Val] was pretty much the only character I played in a movie where I thought it'd be fun to check out 25 years later—it's because he was such a mess," the actor said on a stage in Austin, Tex., this week. "Finding out what happened to him post-worms would be an interesting journey. So I took the idea to Jason Blum, and we explored a film version. But there were complications—Universal is a complicated company with a lot of moving parts. It became clear it wouldn't be done as a film, but Jason asked what I thought about a TV series… On the first few takes [at plotting out a script], I thought this was a terrible idea to do as a series. But then I spoke to Andrew, and suddenly it was an awesome idea to do it as a series."

Miller's take likely won over Bacon for a few reasons. To start, it ignores everything that came after the original 1990 film (sorry to fans of the Arctic adventures in 2018's Read More – Source

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