Rejoice, Tremors fans as today we have word that Universal has just given the green light to the seventh entry in the creature feature series, Tremors 7! But that's not all. Oh, no. Today we also learned that franchise mainstay and all-around badass Michael Gross aka Burt Gummer aka the maniac with ALL the guns, will be returning to his classic role once again. Gross himself took to Facebook to announce his involvement with the seventh film in the series, writing this.
"Tremors fans will be delighted to know I have just agreed to the terms of a contract for a SEVENTH film. My best estimate is that Burt Gummer will begin his hunt for Graboids and other nefarious forms of wildlife in the fall of 2019.
Gross has played Gummer more than a few times by this point so his involvement shouldn't be a shock to anyone. It's still an utter joy, don't get me wrong, but it's not really a surprise. After all, Gross has portrayed Gummer in every incarnation of Tremors, other than the failed Kevin Bacon TV series - see more on that below. Gross was Gummer from the go in Ron Underwood's original 1990 creature feature classic, and then returned for all of the current sequels including Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Tremors 5: Bloodlines co-starring Jamie Kennedy, and most recently Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell. Hell, the man even showed up to bust some Graboid guts for the short-lived Tremors: The TV Series.
But keeping on track with the movies, the latest film in the franchise was Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell. Directed by Don Michael Paul from a screenplay written by John Whelpley - based on characters by S. S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, and Ron Underwood. The sixth film followed gummer and his team to a research facility in Canada where Gummer suspects that giant monster worms are being utilized as weapons. Once there, he finds himself in a race against time to create an antidote from one of the creature's venom to save his own life. The sixth film in the franchise was produced by Mike Elliott and co-starred Jamie Kennedy, Tanya van Graan, and Jamie-Lee Money.
While I'm excited as hell that Tremors 7 is in the works, this news comes to us at a strange time in Tremors fandom. Back in November of 2015, it was reported that Universal Television and Blumhouse Productions were developing a new Tremors TV series that would feature the return of Kevin Bacon as Valentine McKee from the first film. Amazon Prime Video set Splice director Vincenzo Natali to helm the pilot episode from a script written by showrunner Andrew Miller, and filming took place from late October 2017 through November 2017. But then earlier this year in April it was announced that Syfy had passed on the pilot. And with that potentially killer series biting the big one, at least we can all rest easy knowing that Gross and Universal home video are doing what they can to keep them Graboids a-grabbin'. That makes me feel good.
As Gross mentions above, by the best guesstimation, Tremors 7 will be burrowing its way back above ground come Fall 2019.