The Toxic Avenger Heads for Hollywood
It looks like Toxie is about to get himself a big slice of Hollywood as Legendary Entertainment pickup the film rights to Troma’s Toxic Avenger franchise. The studio issued a press release revealing they had picked up the film series for a remake of the original film.
The Toxic Avenger, lovingly known as Toxie, has been a staple of the independent film company Troma, since his debut in 1984, becoming their Mascot. Toxies generated three film sequels, a stage musical production, a video game and a children’s TV cartoon, and now is heading for a the big time, with a huge movie studio behind him.
The Toxic Avenger is the story of Melvin Ferd, a janitor at a health club, who is bullied and tormented buy the clubs teen customers. In a prank gone wrong, Melvin falls into a VAT of toxic waste which mutates him into the musclebound anti hero The Toxic Avenger, complete with tutu and mop.
Legendary Entertainment is the studio behind the latest series of Godzilla movies, and seems to be a good match for the mutated hero. Whilst there is no news on exactly what they plan, Troma’s co-founders, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers on the project, and Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee the project for Legendary, which looks to be a remake of the series, rather than a continuation.
Good Luck Toxie!