The Toxic Avenger to be Reborn as a "Green" Warrior
Posted 04.08.10 by BrentJS
It seems that even B-movies are not immune from Hollywood's current fixation with rehashing and repackaging failed or forgotten franchises for a new audience. According to Deadline, Troma Entertainment's campy The Toxic Avenger is the latest movie property to be rebooted, courtesy of producers Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin of Corwin's Original Media. Deadline describes the new Toxic Avenger as "a green superhero for these environmentally conscious times."
The original movie, directed by Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, was billed as "The First Superhero…from New Jersey," and centered around Melvin, a nerdy mop boy who gets dumped into toxic waste by some punks and emerges horribly mutated and disfigured, but with superpowers. Wielding his trusty mop, "Toxie" waged a war against bad guys with bad hairstyles in several sequels and even had a short-lived animated TV series, Toxic Crusaders, that saw Toxie fighting aliens bent on destroying earth's ecology. Recently, The Toxic Avenger debuted as an off-Broadway stage production that was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.