Yet again, there seems to be a twist in the tale of ol’ Toxie. Yes, as the headline suggests, a remake of The Toxic Avenger is now in development.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Entertainment has picked up the feature film rights to put together a remake of Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz’s 1984 movie. Kaufman and Herz will serve as producers on Legendary’s redo, with the plan being for this to be the launching point for a new cinematic superhero franchise.
For those not familiar with The Toxic Avenger, the basic premise saw nerdy janitor Melvin Junko end up transforming into the hulking, deformed Toxic Avenger after one too many run-ins with local bullies (and some conveniently-placed chemicals). With enhanced strength, Melvin uses his trusty mop to brutally clean up the local streets. From there, there’d be three sequels, a '90s cartoon series, and even a musical in recent years.
That last we’d heard on all things Toxie was that Troma and Kaufman were working on a fifth film, while Sausage Party’s Conrad Vernon was also putting together a big-budget remake effort. Unless Vernon is somehow involved in Legendary’s remake, it looks like his take on Toxie is now in limbo.
As ever, expect more on this as we get it. And in the meantime, you can pick up a ticket to come and see Uncle Lloydie in person at next year’s STARBURST International Film Festival.