I don’t see it myself, John Travolta playing the mutated Toxic Avenger, but this is what is being said in the crazy old world of internet rumours. According to website It’s On The Grid, Travolta is attached to appear in the new remake of The Toxic Avenger.
Troma’s original saw Mark Torgl play nerdy janitor Melvin who becomes the Toxic Avenger after being thrown into a barrel of toxic waste by bullies. Now, the remake is directed by Hot Tub Time Machine’s Steve Pink, and is planning a more family friendly version of the classic film, which will be more in the vein of The Mask starring Jim Carrey. As to exactly what role Travolta is expected to be playing, we are not sure, but seriously it can’t be the Toxic Avenger himself, can it?
Just to jolt your memory, here is the synopsis for Troma’s original, 18 certificate gore-fest:
“The most widely known of Troma Films’ stable of low-budget exploitation, The Toxic Avenger is an exuberantly crude poke at superheroes and monster movies, delivered with a healthy dose of cheap gags, splattery special effects, and T&A. It’s also a genuinely funny film, and its no-holds-barred attitude has a grubby charm that eludes most gross-out comedies. The Toxic Avenger opens with an absurdly vicious crew preying upon Melvin, a nebbishy janitor. Their pranks land him in a vat of chemical waste, which transforms him into a lumpy monster that deals out gruesome revenge. Directors (and Troma company heads) Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz aim low in detailing “Toxie’s” vengeance spree, and the subsequent carnage should please gorehounds. But they’re also savvy enough recognize the film’s limitations, and wisely camp things with plenty of slapstick. The result is a frantic and funny mess that should amuse even the most dour cult movie fan”
By Matt Wavish