Hi everyone, Bryan here…
We’ve talked about the reboot of ‘The Toxic Avenger‘ a few times here, but we’ve heard nothing of it actually starting to film. That is changing today. Conrad Vernon, who co-directed ‘Sausage Party‘ with Seth Rogen is slated to take the director’s seat here, hopefully with Troma head honcho Lloyd Kaufman. If you know anything about Troma or ‘The Toxic Avenger‘, you would know that their films and Toxie is not for the faint of heart or for a mainstream audience by any means.
There is tons of blood, silly gore, language, nudity, and anything else depraved you can think of. Needless to say, it’s my FAVORITE kind of film. That being said, this version or remake shall I say, will be more grounded and mainstream, according to Deadline. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce the film and let’s hope Kaufman has a heavy hand here. If you are also unfamiliar with Toxie, which is Troma’s biggest hit and is their superhero tentpole if you will, is about a New Jersey teenager who works as a janitor and is picked on. He falls into a vat of toxic waste and is transformed into a mutant superhero of sorts. It is a big cult-hit movie and spawned a few sequels as well as an animated tv show for kids.
“Conrad Vernon is a subversive comedic genius. He is the perfect director to bring this iconoclastic franchise back to life,” Saperstein said. “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.”
We have heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast in the film, but we don’t know what part he plays yet and we still hope he is set to go here. More casting news to come out, but if this means that a mainstream audience could find their way into the amazing and bizarre world that is Troma from this mainstream remake of ‘Toxic Avenger‘, then I’m all for it.