Troma Films’ anti-hero The Toxic Avenger is getting a remake over at Original Media and Dutch reality TV giant Endemol says Deadline New York.
The duo have financed the acquisition of rights to the franchise including four film sequels, an animated TV series and comic books. Writers are expected to be hired shortly.
The original camp classic revolves around Tromaville Health Club mop boy Melvin, a gentle wimp whom gets immersed in a vat of toxic waste. Transformed into the misshapen superhero Toxie who wreaks havoc on New Jersey polluters and whose muscular body is a hit with the chicks.
The remake will be a family friendly PG-13 action comedy that reinvents Toxie as “a green superhero for these environmentally conscious times” and is akin to 1994 Jim Carrey comedy “The Mask”.
Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin will produce.