I love to be ahead of the curve and that certainly seems to be the case today. I’m hard at work on a variety of Toxic Avenger projects for this site (don’t worry I’m not committing to any theme weeks or months just yet) and news breaks suddenly that Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin have acquired the rights from Troma to do a Hollywood style remake of the Toxic Avenger.

If the trio of Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin don’t ring a bell, they have been involved and worked on various projects including A Beautiful Mind, The Mask and Hancock as well as the impending Jonah Hex. Anyone who follows Troma knows that Lloyd Kaufman recently worked out a deal for Brett Ratner to do a remake of another Troma film, Mother’s Day. It’s due out this year.

The horror/comedy genre that Toxic Avenger falls into might seem like an odd choice for a big budget movie. Heck, the original film featured scenes of a kid getting his head ran over by a car and guys having their arms ripped out of their sockets. However the Toxic Avenger has never bothered to fit the standard mold. They have a very successful off Broadway rock opera about Toxie. He’s had comics, toys, video games and so much more.

Troma makes legitimate independent movies. Toxie and Troma very much have always been a big part of my life. I was watching the Toxic Avenger when I was knee high to a grasshopper. While most kids were watching Saturday Morning Cartoons, I was watching Toxie rip people’s arms off. I’ve seen the films more times than I can count. Heck the Toxic Avenger trilogy was one of my first purchases on DVD when the format was just coming around.

You might think that with that sort of background I would be opposed to a big budget Toxic Avenger remake. However, I’m not. I know that Troma is desperately hard up for cash and even if this movie stinks, it’ll bring in millions of new fans to the original Toxic Avenger products. Plus let’s face it, while the Toxic Avenger might be Troma’s magnum opus, the films are terrible by the normal movie goer’s standards. I can’t imagine this remake doing anything damaging to the Toxie franchise.

Also fear not true Troma fans… Uncle Lloyd is hard at work on a Toxic Avenger Part 5. So there’s plenty of Toxic Avenger to go around no matter your taste in film. If you’ve never seen a Toxic Avenger movie, check out the original and the last flick, Citizen Toxie. Personally I recommend buying the DVD of Toxic Avenger Part IV, even if you hate the movie, the “Making Of” DVD bonus feature might be the best making of a movie documentary out there.

So all in all I consider this good news. I know that the Hollywood version of the Toxic Avenger will be nothing like the Troma “classics”, but that’s okay. I wouldn’t expect it to be. In fact I think it’ll be something more akin to the Toxic Crusader vision of Toxie and that proved quite popular once before (Including New Line almost making a movie of it!) so I hope this works out helping keep Troma alive and strong, with the Toxic Avenger as the awesome piece of bizarre subculture icon status that he truly deserves.

6 Responses to The Toxic Avenger comes to Hollywood

  • Wes GRogan says:

    Didn't Toxie have a cartoon and a video game, as well? Toxic crusaders or something like that?

  • Yup. He had a video game, action figures and a cartoon,

    I'll be highlighting some Toxic Crusaders stuff in the days and weeks ahead, which is one of the things I was talking about in the beginning of this post. I've been on a bit of a Toxie kick lately, so it was odd that this news suddenly hit.

  • Wes GRogan says:

    Ah, man, I forgot about the action figures! I remember the first time I watched Toxic Avenger I spent my entire time scratching my head and wondering what the hell it was all about. The second time, I loved it. Heh

  • Mecha-Shiva says:

    I'd rather have a remake of Darkman directed again by Raimi with a big budget,Toxie not made by Troma doesn't sound promising.

  • I have hope.

    Speaking of Darkman, that NES game of Darkman was pretty awesome. Hard as hell though. Especially the level where you were the one legged guy. It's also scary to think that Darkman had an NES game. Back in the day anything could get a video game.

  • Mecha-Shiva says:

    Never got to play Darkman on nes because I think I moved on to the snes and arcades(StreetFighter 2!) by the time it came out in 1991.

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