During the 1980′s plenty of questionable campy comedies were produced and The Toxic Avenger was definitely one of them. The anti-hero from New Jersey spawned several sequels, musicals, comics and everything else under the sun before burning out at the end of the decade. According to Deadline, Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein, and Charlie Corwin are looking to bring the deformed hero back to the big screen for a new generation.
Corwin’s own Original Media has financed the acquisition of the franchise rights that include four sequels, an animated TV series, and comic books. The original film centered on a mutated hero named Toxie, who was previously known as Melvin, a gentle nerd who was a mop boy at the local health club. He was manipulated and preyed upon by a group of gym rats and eventually fell into a vat of toxic waste causing him to suffer a horrible mutation.
Even though his face was no longer recognizable, Toxie gained new muscle tone and respect from females who used to ignore him. He then went on to become the beacon of New Jersey by combating polluters with his trusty mop. The Toxic Avenger remake will be a family friendly action comedy that’s looking to attract the PG-13 crowd.
It may not sound like much by today’s standards but this guy was very popular in the eighties and with the “green” trend being so prominent in Hollywood right now it’s the prime time to reintroduce the character.
What do you think of a Toxic Avengers remake? Are you familiar with the previous films?