Deadline exclusively reports that Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon has been attached to Storyscape Entertainment’s project of adapting Troma’s The Toxic Avenger into a live-action remake.
The report states that this remake will be more grounded and will have a mainstream feel in the telling the story of a New Jersey teenager whose accidental tumble into a vat of toxic waste turns him into a mutant superhero. The project has been setup by Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein at Storyscape Entertainment, with Saperstein producing with Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road and Charlie Corwin. Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, the duo behind Archer, are currently attached to rewrite the screenplay penned by Steve Pink and D. C Mitchell. The creators of the original franchise from Troma Films, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, will serve as Executive Producers alongside Bob Cooper and Alex Schwartz of Storyscape Entertainment and Greg Lessans of Weed Road.
Richard Saperstein had this to say about the announcement:
Conrad Vernon is a subversive comedic genius. He is the perfect director to bring this iconoclastic franchise back to life.
Meanwhile, Conrad Vernon said:
The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor. Toxie is an underground icon. My favorite kind.
The Toxic Avenger is not a franchise that the audience today will not be overly familiar with so in terms of remakes, it’s not untouchable and a modern retelling could work if done right.