Giant sand-worm fans rejoice! Director/Writer/Actor Don Michael Paul has confirmed on his blog that he will be in charge of rebooting the Tremors franchise for Universal. Though it’s uncertain as to what role Paul will be playing the creative process, he mentions that he will be heading to Johannesburg, South Africa to work on Tremors. Given the dry climate, it’s safe to assume that this is where filming will take place.
Here’s what he said:
After I finish up “Company Of Heroes: The Fourth Reich” I will be headed to Johannesburg, South Africa to reboot the “Tremors” franchise for Universal.
For those unfamiliar with the 1990 Kevin Bacon led masterpiece that is the original Tremors, here’s what you need to know: it’s about giant worm monsters terrorizing a small, dusty town, it’s sort of a western, and it’s extremely entertaining. The first Tremors film was also the only one to have a proper theatrical release. Tremors 2 through 4 went direct to video, likely due to their lack of Bacon (of the Kevin variety). Their poor direction, shoddy acting and weak plotting played a role in this as well.
The original Tremors took a mostly comedic approach to its creature-feature narrative, a trait that hopefully carries on with this alleged reboot. The general premise is stock B-movie material, and playing it straight will expose this notion. Tremors also featured practical effects–the norm for monster movies pre-Jurassic Park–though it’s doubtful that the reboot will make do with puppets and props in favor of CGI.
Don Michael Paul is a not exactly a household name, but he has a few movies under his belt, notably 2002’s Half Past Dead. He is also currently working on a film sequel to Company of Heroes (based off the video game of the same name), and he was responsible for 2012’s Lake Placid: The Final Chapter. He has worked on comedy as well–he directed Who’s Your Caddy in 2007. All of his movies have been critically panned.
Via: Bloody Disgusting
Tremors Theatrical Trailer (1990)