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?