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
With Cannes 2011 almost upon us, Troma has released new poster art for The Toxic Avenger V: The Toxic Twins, which the company will be seeking international buyers for at the fest. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman and written by Collyn McCoy, the sequels follows the beloved hero as he deals with fatherhood and keeps the peace in Tromaville.
There’s also new art for Father’s Day and Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical, which you can find after the break. The former was drawn by The Dude Designs, who created the fantastic Innkeepers and Hobo With A Shotgun posters.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if he got to create the official Toxie V poster?
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.