Troma’s 1984 classic Toxic Avenger is getting a remake, and the people attached are surprising. Reportedly, Arnold Schwarzenegger was to hold the lead role as Toxie, but he dropped upon seeing the original. Original director, Lloyd Kaufman, gives the reboot AND musical his full blessing. Steve Pink, director of Hot Tub Time Machine (and the sequel to hopefully come this December), plans to make it a hard PG-13, to the chagrin of fans, but Kaufman insists the remake is bound to be just as good as the original, perhaps better.
“Regarding the remake? This is Akiva Goldsman, who got an Oscar for writing A Beautiful Mind and he is a brilliant director. He’s got a movie out now called Winter’s Tale. He and Richard Saperstein, they have hired Steve Pink, who made Hot Tub Time Machine and High Fidelity, and other movies…He is very good, he loves Troma, he has read my book, he came to my book signing… Steve Pink has written a script, and he is directing, and they did sign Arnold Schwarzenegger! But then Arnold Schwarzenegger must have seen the original, and he unsigned. That’s all I know about that.”
68-year-old-Kaufman also hasn’t slowed down, working on a 5th Toxic Avenger title while the remake is being made.
“First of all, we have been writing Toxic Twins: The Toxic Avenger V for two years now, and we still don’t have a script that doesn’t suck, but we’re getting there. That will be the next movie that I get to direct. Unfortunatly we have written it for Chernobyl. We want Toxie to have some contact with Chernobyl. And it turns out, as you probably know, that Chernobyl is in a place called the Ukraine, which is not such a good place to be filming right now…But! We are are getting there. We are getting a better script, and at some point we will head to the Ukraine and film.”
If you need some Troma now, Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 just hit blu-ray two weeks ago.