Twenty-five years ago, director Ron Underwood changed the way we look at the ground by turning the American western into a fun monster movie called Tremors. For 96 minutes, Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward played would be heroes as they battled the deadly worms dubbed graboids. A modest box office hit, the film became a dynamite rental, spawning a DTV franchise that continues to pop out sequels from the dirt even today — in fact, Tremors 5: Bloodlines will hit your home television this fall.
Here’s the thing, though: Kevin Bacon wants a reboot.
Out doing press for Cop Car, the veteran actor expressed interest in revisiting cowboy Valentine McKee. “I had a real dream right now,” he told The Huffington Post, “which is to reboot it, and to see the character 25 years down the line, to see what that guy may have become. There is an example of a movie that, when I started thinking about it, I hadn’t seen it in 25 years and I went back and watched it recently, I was really pleasantly surprised. It’s a beautiful looking movie, it really is a good film.”
That dream isn’t very likely, however, as he adds: “Universal doesn’t seem to be interested, so it’s moot.” Still, it’s odd to hear such kind words on the franchise, especially since he never returned for its sequels and once considered the role a low point in his career. As he told The Guardian back in 2013, “I broke down and fell to the sidewalk, screaming to my pregnant wife, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing a movie about underground worms!'” Perhaps he forgot how much fun he was having.
No idea where this leads, but if he does comes back, they’d certainly have to extend the invitation to Ward, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire, and his love interest Finn Carter. And despite his recent suggestion that Hollywood needs more penises, one would hope that Bacon would prefer to keep his own graboid in his pants for this outing.
Feeling nostalgic? Revisit out 25th anniversary retrospective on Tremors here.