'Tremors' revival TV series starring Kevin Bacon ordered to pilot at SyFy

Kevin Bacon is going back to Perfection as part of a TV reboot of the 1990s monster movie Tremors, with SyFy announcing this week that it had ordered a pilot for the potential series.

The Philly native will reprise his role as Valentine McKee from the original flick, while the proposed series will show the film’s setting, Perfection, Nev., 25 years after the events of the first movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. For the uninitiated, the first Tremors film dealt with giant, prehistoric, worm-like monsters called Graboids attacking the small desert town.

Now, a quarter-century into the future, Bacon’s McKee is “battling age, alcohol, and delusional hero complex” as Graboids descend upon Perfection once again, the Reporter writes. The show reportedly will deal with Bacon’s character attempting to save the town for a second time.

“This is the only character I’ve played that I’ve ever thought about revisiting. I just got to thinking, where would this guy end up after 25 years?” Bacon, who has been talking about doing the series since at least 2015, said of the show. “We hope to create a show that will be fun and scary for fans of the movie and folks that have yet to discover it. Let’s kick some Graboid [expletive]!”

Since its 1990 debut, the Tremors franchise has grown to include several direct-to-video sequels, such as the 1996 follow-up, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, which featured original co-star Fred Ward as Earl Bassett. That movie was followed by 2001’s Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, 2004’s Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, and Tremors 5: Bloodlines, which saw release in 2015. Bacon has not appeared in any films in the franchise besides the original, and no other members of the original cast have been attached to the reboot besides Bacon.

This potential TV series is SyFy’s latest attempt at a Tremors reboot. The network previously ran an ill-fated spinoff in 2003 dubbed Tremors: The Series, which followed the events of Tremors 3: Back to Perfection. That show lasted for 13 episodes.

Currently, Bacon can be seen in I Love Dick, which debuted on Amazon last month.