There wasn’t a whole lot to crow about during this summer of discontent at the movies, but there was good news in August when the movie Sausage Party was released. Not only was it a successful R-rated animated comedy, but it was a successful original IP, a movie not based on a book, or a TV show, or comic, or old movie. To be original, and to be successful, seems like two different things in modern filmmaking, but Sausage Party did it, so what if you’re director Conrad Vernon, what do you do for an encore? How about a remake?
News broke yesterday that Vernon has been tapped to remake the flagship franchise of Trauma Entertainment, The Toxic Avenger. Storyscape Entertainment and Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road are producing the film, with input from executive producer and Trauma founder Lloyd Kaufman with the script is currently being re-written by Archer scribes Mike Arnold and Chris Poole. Released in 1984, The Toxic Avenger is a midnight movie success story about a 98-pound dork who becomes a powerful but deformed superhero after being exposed to toxic waste. It spawned three sequels, comic books, an animated series, and even a Toxic Avenger musical in 2008.
“Conrad Vernon is a subversive comedic genius. He is the perfect director to bring this iconoclastic franchise back to life,” said the remake’s producer Richard Saperstein in a statement. “The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor. Toxie is an underground icon. My favorite kind,” added Vernon himself.
No word on when we might actually see a new film based on The Toxic Avenger, but its been in the air since 2012 when Mother’s Day, another remake based on a Trauma property, was released with some success. Whether or not this will further delay the release of Trauma’s own, in-house Toxic Avenger sequel, The Toxic Avenger 5: Toxic Twins, is also to be determined. Obviously, we’ll keep you posted with any new developments.