Arnold Schwarzenegger In Talks For ‘Toxic Avenger’ Remake [UPDATE]

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While the cinematic return of Arnold Schwarzenegger – former world-champion bodybuilder, former Hollywood megastar and formerly the 38th Governor of California – took the form of last year’s underperforming feature The Last Stand, it was perhaps inevitable that the 66-year-old action-movie icon would return to the big screen. His latest role, however, enters the realm of the truly bizarre.

Arnie will reportedly be starring in a “reimagining” of the 1984 cult flick The Toxic Avengerbut not as Toxie himself. Schwarzenegger will be taking on another, as yet unspecified leading role – UPDATE: It’s Now been specified, so scroll below for details. 

According to The Wrap:

The action-comedy will follow a 17 year-old high school student who gets dunked in toxic waste by a corrupt chemical company. He survives with the ability to transform into a monster with superhuman strength and becomes an unlikely hero… Schwarzenegger will play “The Exterminator,” a former black ops agent who trains the protagonist to use his powers for good. Together they take on the lurking menace created by the polluters, as well the polluters themselves.

Having made good on his promise to return to the screen after quitting politics, it appears that Schwarzenegger is making no attempt to slow down. He just wrapped production on End of Watch writer-director David Ayer’s Ten, and now we have Variety’s report of his involvement in The Toxic Avenger, a project that’s been around for quite some time, with Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink at the helm.With 80′s-throwback vehicles like The Last Stand (and, similarly, the Walter Hill-directed, Sylvester Stallone-starring Bullet To The Head) pulling in mediocre business at best, it is interesting to see Arnie hitching what remains of his star to something like this.

The Toxic Avenger Movie Arnold Schwarzenegger In Talks For Toxic Avenger Remake [UPDATE]

For anyone who didn’t spend years haunting video stores and watching literally entire shelves of the horror section, The Toxic Avenger originally came from the schlock factory known as Troma Entertainment, known for making dirt-cheap exploitation flicks. Troma features were the kind of thing Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino would attempt re-popularize with Grindhouse, to varying degrees of success.

The basic plot of Toxic Avenger: a stereotypical 98-pound weakling janitor falls in a vat of toxic sludge and is reborn as the hulking, deformed Toxie, The Toxic Avenger, who takes on the nasty criminal underworld of Tromaville, New Jersey, led by the evil Mayor Belgoody.

Along with the other Troma “classics” Mother’s Day and Tromeo and Juliet, The Toxic Avenger is completely deranged. For some reason, Toxie took hold in pop-culture for awhile, perhaps as an acknowledged mock-symbol of environmental consciousness, which was only just starting to take hold at the time. The original film was followed by three sequels and a short-lived cartoon series, with this new incarnation being angled as “an action adventure geared toward mainstream audiences.”

The Toxic Avenger Fan art Arnold Schwarzenegger In Talks For Toxic Avenger Remake [UPDATE]

Besides the Mayor role in the original, the only other prominent baddie was Cigar Face, the head of a ring of drug dealers; unless Schwarzenegger decides to give us what we really want and play Toxie himself (is it really that much of a stretch from Mr. Freeze?), it seems pretty likely he’ll end up chomping the scenery, the cigars – and wind up on the wrong end of Toxie’s mop.


Source: Variety

Update Source: The Wrap

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  1. In no way shape or form, does this need to happen.

  2. Hahaha this has got s*** written all over it, good one Arnie!

    • This could be as culty as the original. I’m all for it!!

  3. Word on the street is that he’s actually Toxie’s mentor.

  4. for stuff like this they can find backers but for original scripts not so much.

  5. Maybe Arnie will play a version of the original toxic avenger, who is now old, and is passing the torch off to a new, younger toxic avenger (maybe medical genetic experimentation waste or something rather than radioactive toxic waste, etc.)

  6. Please God…Please! No more Arnie! Know when to say when. How about now…WHEN!

  7. He better call up whoever trains Stallone, because at this point, Stallone’s physique craps all over Arnold. Stallone can still pull it off, Arnold, not so much.

    • Because Sallone is still jucing, unlike Arnold.

      • I don’t really care if Stallone is juicing or not. He can still pull off action hero films, Arnie can’t.

  8. “Other troma “clacics” such as Mother’s Day”. I think you mean Father’s Day.

  9. Just NO. Jebus. Direct to video.

  10. Re-making a movie who’s whole appeal is how terrible it is, which makes it terribly fun, just doesn’t make sense. Why try to improve something who’s success was actually based upon how ridiculously awful it was?

    Can’t say that I’m shocked though, not at this point.

  11. I knew it was going to be some cheesy callback to Terminator, I just knew it.

    “Stay cool, bug boy.”

  12. File this under “W”… for WTF and WHY?

  13. I want to use profanities but I will simply put this another classic goes down the tubes …. Whats next a remake of Kabukiman?

  14. I think when they asked Schwarzenegger if he wanted to be in a Toxic Avenger movie, they left out the word “Toxic”.

  15. Im all up for it. This does not change the classics, and i’d like to see this done with the right director. I’m sure it wouldnt be as raunchy as the original but just as entertaining. And i’m mostly up for it since Lloyd Kaufman needs a nice big fat payday other than modest acting/producing jobs that pays the bills. Also, i like how people are like “Hollywoodland” and “Hollywood running out of ideas” You think this is Hollywood asking for this to be made? SMH at a bunch of pretentious selfish people out their.

  16. Could be fun and hey, maybe it’ll tempt Marvel and DC into giving us Swamp Thing and Man-Thing (and not that godawful Marvel produced Man-Thing horror from 2005)?

  17. too funny. I’m sure it’ll be good. sure, they won’t be able to go the full troma route in this one, as the originals were OMG/I cant believe they did that. As for the original masterpiece that is ‘The Toxic Avenger’…it has its place in cult classic history…whether you like it or not (I do). Therefore, knowing how they remake things all the time, I can only have high hopes for a decent rendition that will give the nods to the original, but will make it good enough to stand on its own. And another funny thing, I was talking about this on FB, and I mentioned that if Arnie was a villain in it, it would be hilarious to have him play Cigar Face….. lol.

  18. Legend of Conan! Legend of Conan! Legend of Conan!

    Arnold, get this made, and stop sidelining yourself with all this other crap.

  19. “Schwarzenegger will play “The Exterminator,”” — Correct. He is the Ex Terminator. LOL

    Looks like someone hit a low point.

  20. Please don’t remake it. Thanks.

  21. toxic avenger remake? r u kidding me! i love the original which i own on pal rc2 dvd from denmark via another world entertainment in its original 4:3 aspect ratio uncensored! this remake is slated to be pg-13 and takes all the redneck humor,drug content,racism,anti-semitism,political corruption,etc out. i’ll admit i am tired of remakes which proves hollywood is still in regugitation mode, i’ll pass on this film, thank you.