The news today about Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s next project was unexpected for many Arnold fans. Who’d believe that Arnold would join the cast of The Toxic Avenger Reboot? Steve Pink‘s remake has been in the works for a while and the news that Arnold is in talks to take a leading role in the project is sure to give the project some much-needed publicity and Internet hype.
Arnold isn’t going to play the Toxic Avenger though, the word is he is up for the villain this time around. The last time Arnold played a comic book villain was as Mister Freeze inJoel Schumacher‘s horrendous Batman and Robin debacle. Which villain could Arnold play in the Toxic Avenger’s world of crazy villains? Many are banking on Cigar Face, because of Arnold’s love of cigar smoking, it just fits him.
The original film was set in Tromaville, New Jersey – a small American town, terrorized by criminals. Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy emaciated janitor at the local health club. A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window 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.
Here’s the original trailer, you can expect the reboot to be just as campy, that’s Troma‘s trademark style.
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?