Ah, the Toxic Avenger, now there's a blast from the past. The original Toxic Avenger, the work of B-movie experts Tromaville, came out in 1984 and was at first a total flop. But success as a midnight feature led to it becoming an immense cult classic. Now, writer/director Steve Pink, who directed the recent Hot Tub Time Machine, is looking at a remake.
The film took place in Tromaville, New Jersey, where wimpy nerd Melvin Ferd worked at a health club, where a group of jocks led by guys named Bozo and Slug would torment him endlessly. One day, a prank of theirs goes to far and Melvin falls from a third story window into a vat of toxic waste. As in the norm in cinema, the hazardous chemicals don't kill him, but rather imbue him with super strength. And thus is born the Toxic Avenger, a hideous superhero who fights to keep the streets of Tromaville safe from crime.
Toxie, as the hero was nicknamed, went on to become the face of Troma Entertainment. The original film was directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz and spawned three sequels, an animated series, and even comic books. Steve Pink will direct the remake, and write the script along with Daniel C. Mitchell.
Pink's writing credits include High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank, and his directing credits include the aforementioned Hot Tub Time Machine and Accepted. No details have been released regarding the remake, as it's still in the earliest stages of development.