Toxic Avenger Remake

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.


So yeah… This is happening. Earlier this year it was announced that there will be a Toxic Avenger remake and that it will be aiming for a PG-13 rating to gain audience. We recently got some news about the remake and that Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine, Accepted) will be directing the film. Pink went on to say this:

““The Toxic Avenger is exactly what the country–wait, that’s not big enough–what the world needs right now.”

Other news is that Pink and Daniel C. Mitchell (Dead Last) will be writing up the script. While I like Pink’s enthusiasm, I really don’t think we need a remake of Toxie, especially a PG-13 remake though I am all for the idea of introducing the Toxic Avenger to a new generation of folks.

What do y’all think of this news? You think Pink will be able to bring the funny to the Toxic Avenger remake or will this fail in the new age? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

Source: GammaSquad