Bizarre, but mighty intriguing news today comes with the announcement that Conrad Vernon is to direct a re-imagining of the 1984 B-movie The Toxic Avenger. Who’s been crying out for this I wonder? The remake will be Vernon’s first live-action endeavour and, most recently, he co-directed Sausage Party. The Toxic Avenger has plenty of room for cartoonish madness, so his experience in animation will certainly come in handy.
The Toxic Avenger follows a bullied teenager who is transformed into a mutant superhero when he falls in to a tub of toxic waste and it’s as ridiculous as it sounds. If you’ve not seen it, then do. It’s far from a masterpiece, but there’s a lot of fun to be had with its ridiculous. Plus, it’s from those crazy dudes at Troma Films who, along with a series of Toxic Avenger sequels, brought Terror Firmer, Tromeo and Juliet, Class of Nuke ‘Em High and a bunch of other whacky action-horrors to our screens.
Will this be the first in a series of Troma remakes? We’ll have to wait and see.