Variety is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine) remake of the classic Troma Z-move, The Toxic Avenger.
Per Collider, the report says that Arnie will not be playing the Toxic Avenger himself, but will instead play “The Exterminator”, a former black ops agent, who trains Toxie to use his powers for good. Together they take on the lurking menace created by the polluters, and the polluters themselves.
International Film Trust, the sales outfit launched last week by Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment, is pitching Steve Pink’s reboot of the campy 1984 action comedy in the run-up to Cannes. New project has been described as an action adventure geared toward mainstream audiences.
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. The last we heard, John Travolta was also mentioned as possibly joining the cast, but that was way back in August, and nothing has been mentioned since.
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”