Troma is synonymous with crap, albiet some really, really good crap. So how does Troma continue to get big budget remakes of their 80′s classic off the ground? Whomever can break this Da Vinci Code Code gets drinks on me.
First came Mother’s Day, which landed A-list director Darren Lynn Bousman, hot off Saw II, III and IV, now the Toxic Avenger remake is flexing its muscles.
In the first shocking news out of the Cannes market, Variety reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in the new Toxic Avenger. While he won’t be playing horror icon “Toxie,” he’s in negotiations for another lead role in the reboot of the 1980s cult pic. READ MORE
On DVD December 11 from Troma is the Japanese cut of The Toxic Avenger. An additional four minutes have been added to this version!
From Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, and starring Mitch Cohen, Andree Maranda and Mark Torgl, “Welcome to Tromaville, New Jersey — a small American town, terrorized by criminals. The town’s corrupt mayor sits idly by while muggers, robbers and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens. Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy, emaciated janitor at the local health club. That is, until he becomes The Toxic Avenger! A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window and into a vat of hazardous toxic waste. However, an unexpected metamorphosis takes place. As the chemicals take hold of his body, Melvin turns into the Toxic Avenger, doer of good, and brutal mauler of evil! The rest, as they say, is history! The excitement is non-stop as the hero sets out to single handedly wipe out the forces of evil that torment the people of Tromaville. The Toxic Avenger is non-stop entertainment that will leave the viewers glowing from the fun.”
Bonus Features also include Production Stills and Trailers. READ MORE
Normally I’d scoff at such news, but the last time I did that Darren Lynn Bousman ended up directing Mother’s Day.
Website It’s on the Grid lists John Travolta as “attached” to Toxic Avenger, the Steve Pink-directed remake of the Troma classic about a mutated superhero. It’s described as in the vein of The Mask, but “not” campy.
Pink is directing for Troma from a screenplay he wrote with Daniel C. Mitchell. Charlie Corwin, Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein, Lloyd Kaufman, and Michael Herz all produce.
Here’s the original 1986 plot: “This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the saviour of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference. Troma classic with good make-up effects and stunts, a pleasant surprise indeed.” READ MORE
Remember a few days I posted a story about album artist Aaron Crawford painting his version of Toxie from The Toxic Avenger? Well, it turns out that Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman was so impressed and taken with Crawford’s version that Lloyd asked him to do the same thing to him! Well, Aaron put together such an awesome painting that Kaufman made it his official twitter picture. Talk about an honor!
Here’s a quote from Aaron: ”After the silly painting I did of Melvin, I was asked by TROMA founder, and creator of The Toxic Avenger himself, Lloyd Kaufman, to create a monster version of him to hang in their office! So, I did! Meet, CITIZEN LLOYD! I am fanning out a little bit, since Lloyd has been behind some of the funniest, most brutal horror movies of modern time. Poultrygeist, Luther The Geek, etc. Truly an honor.”
Check after the jump to see Lloyd Kaufman looking suspiciously like me first thing in the morning.
Album artist Aaron Crawford
is one of those guys who paints stuff you either love or hate. Personally, I’m a huge fan of his twisted art styles that seem to capture the most deformed, disgusting, vile, putrid abominations this side of Midian.
Well, the man is back with a painting of Toxie, the always lovable hero from The Toxic Avenger series! Not only is it a great painting of the iconic mutant, but Troma master Lloyd Kaufman himself gave it two thumbs up!
Aaron Crawford: “The Toxic Avenger is one of my favorite Troma movies. It’s considered a classic, and the perfect story of the nerd who’s bullied turned vigilante superhero monster murderer, mangling everything in his path!
Melvin, (who later becomes Toxie) was dancing around in a pink polka dotted suit with his mop RIGHT BEFORE he fell into the toxic sludge.
This is my tribute painting to that scene. MELVIN!”
Check out the painting after the jump and make sure to pick up your very own copy of his mini-book, In Through The Mouth
, available here
Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink will helm the remake of The Toxic Avenger, which he’ll write with Daniel C. Mitchell, reports Deadline. In the original, the protagonist is a mop-wielding simpleton named Melvin, whose trusting ways made him easy prey for gym thugs who tossed him into a vat of toxic waste. The transformation into Toxie didn’t help his complexion, but gave him rippling muscles to wreak havoc on New Jersey polluters. The byproduct was that despite his misshapen appearance, the chicks finally dig Melvin after a lifetime of being ignored.
This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the saviour of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference. Troma classic with good make-up effects and stunts, a pleasant surprise indeed.