Last we heard, Troma’s The Toxic Avenger is soon/eventually getting the remake treatment, with Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) attached to direct. In a new chat with SFX Magazine, Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman confirms that Vernon’s new take on the cult classic is still being developed, and he also notes that Toxic Avenger 5 is in the cards!
It’s been nearly twenty years since we last saw the Toxic Avenger in 2000’s Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and Kaufman says the script for part 5 has been completed.
Kaufman told the mag, “It’s definitely coming. The problem is that we need to get our new Troma movie, Shakespeare’s Shitstorm, which is our version of The Tempest, out into the cinemas and on DVD so that we can get some money together for it. This is a very ambitious Toxic Avenger movie. The script is complete and it will focus on Toxie’s two children who, 20 years after part four, have all grown up. And one has mutated into a very strange being [laughs].”
“Fans can expect more low-budget action with the usual Troma mix of girls, guts and gruesome gore. Toxie is going to go to Chernobyl in this one,” Kaufman continued. “It will cost just $100,000 – but I think it is the best one yet. I have worked with [Guardians of the Galaxy director] James Gunn and the script we have for The Toxic Avenger 5 is the finest I have read. It shows Toxie fighting the bureaucrats and the obnoxious rich people who are harming the people of Tromaville.”
As for the remake, Kaufman seems excited about that as well.
“Conrad Vernon, who directed Shrek 2 and Sausage Party is attached,” he told SFX. “I have spoken to him and he knows all the Troma movies and is a big fan. I think he really understands The Toxic Avenger and I believe he will bring a cartoon sensibility to it. This is his first live-action movie and we hope it gets rolling soon.”