If you thought Deadpool‘s success would lead to amping-up superhero films with R-ratings that remains to be seen, but one more interesting outcome is a remake of the cult classic gore-fest The Toxic Avenger.
Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon has been hired to tackle the “grounded” live-action remake.
Toxic Avenger is a re-imagining of Troma’s cult classic, which tells the story of a New Jersey teenager whose accidental tumble into a vat of toxic waste turns him into a mutant superhero.
The hyper-violent hero was created by James Gunn’s mentor Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Films back in 1984, basically he was Deadpool before it was ever put on comic book pages. Kaufman will be one of many executive producers on the remake, so that should bode well for concerned fans of the original films.
Archer writers Mike Arnold and Chris Poole will be doing rewrites on the script.
I was a huge fan of the films growing-up and even had toys from the short-lived 90s cartoon series, so I’m glad Toxie is making a comeback.