Hollywood is no stranger to remakes. And, considering they’ve already messed with Jason, Freddy and Leatherface, it only makes sense that Toxie would be their next port of call, right?
Your eyes are not deceiving you. According to Deadline, there is a reboot of the Troma classic Toxic Avenger on the way, with Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon at the helm.
This version is supposedly, if you can believe it, “a more grounded and mainstream telling of the story” – which goes against practically everything we know about Toxie.
Richard Saperstein is producing, with Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road and Charlie Corwin. Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, the duo behind Archer and The Grackle, are set to rewrite the screenplay by Steve Pink and D.C. Mitchell.
Most surprisingly of all, Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, legendary creators of the original franchise, will executive produce, along with Cooper and Alex Schwartz of Storyscape Entertainment, and Greg Lessans of Weed Road.
Troma’s cult classic tells the story of a New Jersey teenager whose accidental tumble into a vat of toxic waste turns him into a mutant superhero. It’s a firm favourite among horror fans, meaning it’s unlikely news of a remake will be greeted with much optimism.
Vernon was quoted as saying: “The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor. Toxie is an underground icon. My favorite kind.”
Stay tuned to Wicked Horror for more news on the Toxic Avenger remake as it becomes available. Who knows, it might be genius.