The Toxic Avenger to Get a Family-Friendly Remake

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Believe it or not, even Lloyd Kaufman is not immune to the Hollywood remake bug. A company called Original Media has just picked up the rights to Troma’s flagship character The Toxic Avenger, with plans to re-invent him as “a green superhero for these environmentally conscious times.” The movie will be produced by Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, The Losers), Richard Saperstein (Hancock) and Charlie Corwin (The Squid and the Whale, Half Nelson). They are calling it a “family friendly PG-13 action comedy akin to The Mask.”

The 1984 original is a cult classic that spawned three sequels, about a nerdy gym janitor named Melvin who gets exposed to radioactive waste and transforms into a massive yet deformed superhero. This isn’t the first time Toxie has been given the family-friendly treatment; back in the early ’90s there was an animated series spin-off called The Toxic Crusaders. Strange as it might sound, I think this remake could actually work, although it is definitely odd to think of a major studio getting behind something that started out so fiercely independent. Are you interested in a big budget Toxic Avenger remake, or will this completely ruin the spirit of what made the original so great?



  • Slushie Man

    I hated the original. One of the most overrated pieces of shit ever. This can only be a good thing for it, as I liked the concept just hated how it was originally done. Plus the original was cut up so horribly, it may as well have been PG-13 anyway.

  • I don’t think anything TROMA does can be considered sacred anyway, since they strive for badness. I think even Lloyd Kaufman would agree with that. And on the other end, somebody who wishes to take on a TROMA movie has to have a pretty idea of what they’re working with, and will more than likely go for something wacky and over the top. I doubt a Toxic Avenger remake could ever end up as pretentious dreck which takes it self too seriously like The Dark Knight.

  • Jackson

    “Toxic Crusaders, Toxic Crusaders, they’re gross but they still get girls.”

  • “I think this remake could actually work, although it is definitely odd to think of a major studio getting behind something that started out so fiercely independent.”

    Not too odd considering the original Toxic Avenger was at one point distributed on home video by Warner Brothers!

  • I thought that was the case, although I didn’t see Warner Brothers listed on the IMDb entry anywhere. Pretty sure my VHS copy had the WB logo on it somewhere though.

  • I think the majority of people missed the point that Troma was trying to make. They showed that with a limited budget and a love for the game you could make a film that people actually will see. When you notice the bad cuts Troma wins!!

  • Jason

    “a green superhero for these environmentally conscious times”…..Toxie?? Blasphemy!! :P

  • Jack

    I think they are just going to piss off there core support.