In the year of 1984, a small alternative film company by the name of Troma brought into existence one of the most ridiculous and enduring super heroes the world has ever seen. His name was The Toxic Avenger (no relation to Marvel’s Avengers) and the campy character was such a hit that he managed to stick around for more than 15 years, appearing in five movies, a comic book series and even his own cartoon. Now, someone is looking to remake the film. What’s even stranger, however, is that the rumor mill is claiming John Travolta is interested in joining the cast.
Being as how the main character is supposed to be just a bit younger than the 58-year-old Travolta, it’s likely that if the rumor is true he would be in some sort of supporting role as opposed to the lead. The original film wasn’t exactly known for its high production value or quality, but the producers approaching the project say they want to steer away from the camp that made the film such a cult classic in the first place, instead choosing to concentrate on a PG-13 action-comedy with an environmental theme to it.
Well, it may not end up being the most anticipated upcoming film, but if Travolta jumps on board, it could at least bring some people into the theaters. And hey, Travolta has starred in odder films over the years and is no stranger to being in very bad ones (Battlefield Earth comes to mind…). A Toxic Avenger remake might be right up his alley.
So, gentle Nerdreaders, is it really worth trying to take the horror and camp out of ol’ Toxie and remarket it for the casual movie-goer? Or are we looking at a big pile of shit waiting to hit the fan?
Thanks to slashfilm for the warning.