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Ryan Mahoney

by: Ryan Mahoney
November 8th, 2010

If I had to make a list of films that I thought would never be remade, THE TOXIC AVENGER would be near the top. The film has only a cult following (which I am a part of), contains excessive violence, nudity, and overall impropriety at every turn. A remake is now in the works that will undoubtedly water the content down to appeal to a slightly wider audience (I assume Joe Teenager won’t be picking a film titled THE TOXIC AVENGER for date night).

A director has recently been chosen to helm the project. The announcement that broad comedy writer/director (HIGH FIDELITY excluded) Steve Pink will direct the remake is hardly good news to fans of the original. Even if you liked Pink’s HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, try getting excited about THE TOXIC AVENGER being described as an “environmentally-conscious action-comedy.”

Original TOXIC AVENGER creators Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will be executive producers on the remake, giving fans a
small glimmer of hope that it won’t be a total loss.

The onslaught of remakes continues in Hollywood, and with only a handful of exceptions (THE THING, for one), remakes are dull retreads of the original films whose sole purpose is to cash in on a recognizable title. What is the point of remaking a film like THE TOXIC AVENGER, whose small fanbase most likely will avoid the remake like the plague? It now seems even cult films aren’t safe from being remade. Are THE ROOM and TROLL 2 remakes around the corner?

Sources Deadline, Cinematical

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