Talks of a remake of 'The Toxic Avenger' started gaining ground earlier this Spring when Original Media, a production shingle run by Charlie Corwin, Richard Saperstein and Akiva Goldsman, acquired the rights to Troma Films' most iconic character. After the acquisition, as is the norm with deals like this, progress exited the public eye for a few months. Now it's back in the news thanks to Deadline revealing that 'Hot Tub Time Machine' director Steve Pink will be the one bossing around the mop-wielding crusader on set.

Pink, who also wrote 'High Fidelity' and 'Grosse Point Blank,' is certainly a capable match for the material, but it's hard to imagine that anyone is going to be super excited about this news. If you're a big fan of Troma and 'The Toxic Avenger' chances are you have almost no desire to see anyone else take up the Toxie mantle. The reason the original films have a cult following is because of how defiantly counter-culture they were. To have someone like Akiva Goldsman on board as a producer kind of negates all of the non-mainstream good will Troma has cultivated with film geeks over the years.

Fortunately Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who directed the original film, will be on board Pink's film as executive producers, so fans may not need to light their torches too quickly. When they hear what Pink has to say about the film, however, things may get lit on fire:
"The Toxic Avenger is exactly what the country--wait, that's not big enough--what the world needs right now,"

I love the optimism there, but what Pink is referring to in that quote from Deadline is that this new 'Toxic Avenger' is going to be an "environmentally-conscious action-comedy." And that's all well and good since the original Melvin from Troma's series does fight a bunch of polluting corporations after he's mutated by toxic waste, so Pink and co-writer Daniel C. Mitchell aren't exactly redefining the character, but I'm already nervous that they'll be going overboard on the environmental angle given how rabid people are with Green Fever these days.

Yes, the original Toxie fought The Man from time to time, but it was more about a shy, meek Melvin finding the strength to stand up to everyone that either bullied him or just didn't care about him when he was a simple dork than it was his literal fight to save the environment. I just hope that all involved keep that aspect of the story in mind instead of trying to turn Toxie into Captain Planet. To be fair, those are not explicitly their intentions at this point, it's just a fear I have. What about you? What do you want to see in a 'Toxic Avenger' remake?
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