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Say it ain’t so, Melvin. Troma’s camp classic THE TOXIC AVENGER is being remade—as a “green” superhero for these “environmentally conscious” times. No, this isn’t a belated April Fool’s joke. What a TOXIC waste!
Deadline reports that the 1984 film about Melvin—a wimp who plunges into a vat of toxic waste and transforms into New Jersey’s mutated superhero, the Toxic Avenger—will be mounted as a family friendly PG-13 action comedy akin to THE MASK.
The movie will be produced by I AM LEGEND’s Akiva Goldsman, THE MIST’s Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin. Corwin’s Original Media, a partnership with Dutch reality TV giant Endemol, has financed the acquisition of rights to a franchise that includes four sequels, an animated TV series and comic books. Original Media will finance the development of a script, with writers to be hired shortly.
This is the second Troma remake property for Saperstein, who is teamed with Brett Ratner on the MOTHER’S DAY redo directed by Darren Bousman. Saperstein and Goldsman most recently teamed on HANCOCK. The former is separately working on Rob Zombie’s BLOB remake, and the Goldsman-produced JONAH HEX comes out this June. Stop back here soon for Toxie co-director/Troma chief Lloyd Kaufman’s comments on the long mooted remake.
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