Tremors TV series: Showrunner shares what could have been


It’s unlikely we will have a new Tremors TV series, but showrunner Andrew Miller shared some details on how it would have been.

The cult classic Tremors became a franchise that is still alive to this day. The original movie hit theaters in 1990 and all its sequels have been release directly to video, the latest one being Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, released last year. Some love them, some hate them, but no one can deny the franchise has potential.

In 2015 it was announced that Universal Television and Blumhouse were working on a new Tremors TV series, with Kevin Bacon reprising his role as Valentine McKee. Although a pilot episode was filmed, Syfy passed on it, and the series went back to limbo, leaving fans wondering what the series could have been about (besides giant, subterranean worm-like creatures, of course).

During a presentation at ATX Television Festival, showrunner Andre Miller and cast members Kevin Bacon, P.J Byrne, Toks Olagundoye, Haley Tju and Emily Tremaine performed a script reading and shared a few details on what we could have seen in the series.

The main character would have been (of course) Valentine McKee, a character that Bacon said it’s the only character he’d ever played in a movie that he would like to revisit years later and see what his experience with the worms has taken him. Miller shared that the first season would have taken place every 72 hours and it would have taken the chase after the monsters above and below the ground. A more intimate look at the worms’ journey, if you may.

As for Val, Miller added that the idea was for the character that was “a nobody in this tiny town” to suddenly get all the attention, be turned into a “90s heartthrob, and then take it away”. He explained:

"“The notion was ‘What if Perfection was the hottest town in the world for a minute, and then the Graboids don’t come back’. Val was someone who still imagined himself as that ‘90s superstar, even though those days are long gone. We wanted to explore that through his relationship with his daughter, who resented him for not paying attention to the present and for being a drunk and lost in the past”."

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That would have been a different side of Val that would have been very interesting to explore (now, imagine in the digital era how all that would affect him), but sadly, the project is pretty much dead, as confirmed by Miller himself.

Back in the ‘90s, a series titled Tremors: Aftershocks – The Lost Monsters! was in development but never came to fruition. In 2003 a spin-off series simply titled Tremors: The Series premiered on Syfy and was cancelled after one season. There’s something about a TV adaptation that doesn’t seem to work, but Bacon and Miller’s idea sound like something that could have broken the curse.

We may never see a new Tremors series, but hope dies last – maybe some studio out there would like to pick it up now that all this information was revealed.

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