After decades of big and small screen success, actor Kevin Bacon is about to do something he’s never done before - star in a sequel to one of his hits.
Yes, as hard as it is to believe Bacon has never reprised a role before (unless we count those EE adverts), but he’s now set to do just that with a return to one of his best-loved movies: giant monster romp ‘Tremors.’
Entertainment Weekly tells us Bacon is on board as actor and executive producer on a new small screen spin-off of the 1990 cult classic from Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions.
Many well-loved horror movie properties of the 1980s and ‘90s have enjoyed small screen revivals of late, including ’From Dusk Till Dawn,’ ‘Scream’ and ‘The Evil Dead.’
The 57-year old star will reprise his role as Valentine McKee, a small town handyman-turned-accidental hero who helps save the townsfolk of Perfection, Nevada from the hideous subterranean beasts they label ‘Graboids’ in the original movie.
This announcement comes not long after Bacon hinted he might be up for a return to Tremors, having told IGN earlier this year he’d “love to do something else with Tremors and revisit the character 25 years later,” and calling director Ron Underwood’s film “a cool accomplishment.”
‘Tremors’ did spawn a slew of direct to video sequels, but Bacon did not return for any of them. However, his co-lead Fred Ward returned for ‘Tremors 2.’
Otherwise, the real series stalwart has been Michael Gross, who has reprised the role of gun nut Burt Gummer in every incarnation of ‘Tremors,’ including most recent sequel ‘Tremors 5: Bloodlines,’ released direct to DVD earlier this year.
There was also a previous short-lived TV series, again starring Gross, on the Sci-Fi Channel (or SyFy as it is now known) in 2003. EW hint that SyFy may be a potential home for the series but stress no network has picked it up yet.
This small screen role for Bacon comes hot on the heels of his lead role in recently completed series ‘The Following.’
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