I scoffed up a hairball when Troma claimed to be selling remake rights to Mother’s Day to a big Hollywood player. I ended up chocking it back down. Now I have to take these press releases seriously, no matter what I think.
Troma Entertainment’s theatrical classics, Class of Nuke ‘Em High and Poultrygeist, are now in negotiation to be remade as mainstream, big-budget productions, following deals for the remake of The Toxic Avenger, which will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and directed by Steven Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), and Troma’s Mother’s Day, which has just been remade by producer Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo, Saw II-IV).
More soon out of the American Film Market next month, I’m sure.
The original Class of Nuke ‘Em High, directed by Richard W. Haines and Troma President Lloyd Kaufman in 1986, tells how a radioactive leak in the Tromaville Nuclear Plant contaminates the marijuana consumed by the students in Tromaville High School. It sold about 500,000 copies just in the US, becoming a cult hit nearly as successful as Troma classics The Toxic Avenger and Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.
Originally released in 2006, Poultrygeist follows Arbie, a young man trying to win back his ex-girlfriend Wendy by getting a job at the same New Jersey fried chicken fast-food restaurant where she works. Unbeknownst to Arbie and the other employees, however, the restaurant is located on sacred Indian burial grounds, which brings hordes of demonic chickens to attack everyone in the vicinity.
Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest running independent movie studios in United States’ history and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Class of Nuke’em High, Mother’s Day, and Tromeo and Juliet, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink. Among today’s stars whose early work can be found in Troma’s 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio and Samuel L. Jackson.