Pilot and actor John Travolta has been attached to star in the remake of Troma Entertainment’s “The Toxic Avenger.” No news has leaked on what part the former “Welcome Back, Kotter” star will play. If this is true, then the film may finally go into production. Writer/director Steve Pink signed on to direct the movie in November of 2010. The film may still have to wait until Pink clears his busy schedule. He is slated to direct the sequel “Bad Santa 2” with Billy Bob Thornton.
Here is the storyline from the 1984 film:
This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the savior of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference. Troma classic with good make-up effects and stunts, a pleasant surprise indeed.
The updated version of “The Toxic Avenger” will take on a more serious tone, while promoting an environmental cause. Here is the logline for the film.
Action-comedy remake in the vein of “THE MASK”… he’s an environmental superhero…doesn’t want it to be campy…
Personally, having Travolta in the film would add much needed star power to the project. However, his role would more than likely be delegated to that of a crooked politician (that’s an oxymoron,) or mob boss dumping pollutants into the bay, landfill, or a school playground. (Take your pick!) On the downside, Travolta has garnered a lot of negative press lately with his alleged sexual misconduct with a cruise worker and two masseurs. Until events unfold on their own, it will be a waiting game.
“The Toxic Avenger” is scheduled for a 2013 release. The film stars John Travolta, with Charlie Corwin, Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein, Lloyd Kaufman, and Michael Herz producing. Daniel Mitchell and Steve Pink are currently writing the screenplay. Steve Pink directs.
Sources: itsonthegrid, IMDb