Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Looks like it's happening kids.
If you're a fan of the cult classic released in 1984, then here is your nightmare come true. Troma president & creator of 'The Toxic Avenger', Lloyd Kaufman confirmed with Arrow in the Head.
I was painfully aware that Troma had relinquished the rights for their film "Mother's Day" to be remade by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Repo! A Genetic Opera). Though a remake of that film, as terrific as it was, does not bother me. But a watered down Toxic Avenger does.
According to Deadline, 'Toxie, as the mop-wielding character is affectionately called, is at the center of a remake deal for a film that will be produced by Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin. Corwin's Original Media, a partnership with Dutch reality TV giant Endemol, has financed the acquisition of rights. The group intends to turn Toxie into a green superhero for these environmentally conscious times.'
I'm all about saving the planet and giving kids a superhero that might make them more aware of what is happening in the world around them. Why Toxie? Why not make a "Captain Planet" film?
Turning a character that is synonyms with raunchy, uncouth, vial behavior into a family film is not right. Having Toxie be the face of Troma for so many years has gained him an Iconic Status in cinema and now he'll be less then iconic when Hollywood puts it's PG stamp on the story.
We all know Indie films are hurting. The internet is killing sales and Troma has been a pioneer in the business for over 30 years. I hope that the money end of things does not completely destroy the creative end of what Troma does.