The last I heard, Lloyd Kaufman was supposedly working on a fifth installment in Troma’s Toxic Avenger franchise, and also that Kevin Smith was offered to direct a remake by some studio but turned it down because he felt that turning the concept into a big budget Marvel-style franchise would take it too far away from its cheapie, lo-fi origins and cause it to lose much of its character.
However, we’ve recently learnt that Legendary Pictures, very much into monsters at the moment with the American Godzilla franchise, have bought the rights to the franchise and are beginning to set up a remake of the first film. Somehow I can’t see it containing much in the way of gore or seriously dodgy jokes this time round in today’s PC climate, but let’s live in hope!
The 1984 original, directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, which led to four sequels plus a stage musical:
Is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the saviour of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference.