Big fans of classic B-movie machine Troma Entertainment have been excited yet wary of The Toxic Avenger remake since the film's announcement nearly six years ago. The studio's successful remake of Mother's Day in 2010 had boosted interest in remaking other classic Troma films. With Arnold Schwarzenegger dropping out of the film last year and the sad death of the original Toxic Avenger Joe Fleishaker earlier this year, it felt like an omen may have cast a shadow on the future of the remake. Luckily, it appears the film will continue with production -- and is even making more progress than ever before.
Not long ago, writer-director Steve Pink (High Fidelity, Hot Tub Time Machine) was onboard to write and direct the film, but now it looks as though the responsibility will fall into the hands of another individual, one with a recent comedic hit on his hands. According to a new report that person is Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon.
As reported by the The Wrap Vernon will helm the remake of the original 1984 film, from a script currently being re-written by Mike Arnold and Chris Poole. The pair are re-working the script originally written by Steve Pink and D.C. Mitchell.
Sausage Party isn't Vernon's only success. He is known for directing successful animated films such as Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Vernon is also an accomplished voice actor, and his vocal talents have been featured in the Shrek films, Bee Movie, and Penguins of Madagascar.
News of a director for The Toxic Avenger remake has been long awaited. The original announcement held a lot of promise, but Arnold Schwarzenegger's departure from the film and the last few years spent in development hell have likely been disappointing for fans of the original. Now, it looks like the film's gears are turning and hopefully, with a director now in place, the production can move forward with the casting process and that those announcements will be made soon.
With that said, the choice of Vernon as a director could mean the film is rethinking its approach. It has previously been made clear that The Toxic Avenger will be remade into a more family-friendly film, which would likely suit his talents, given Vernon's past directorial efforts. But with the success of Sausage Party and its raunchy, adult-oriented tone being his most recent accomplishment, one has to wonder whether or not this remake will hew closer to the original or if it still plans to pursue a wider, more general audience.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on The Toxic Avenger as development continues and more announcements are made.
Source: The Wrap