Question: when searching for a director to helm the remake of one the schlockiest and unashamedly bad-taste cult hits in recent memory? Answer: pick the director of one of the most downright offensive and unashamedly bad-taste films of the year. At least that’s the approach taken by producer Akiva Goldsman, who has picked Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon to head up the new take on Troma’s most famous movie.
We’re still quite surprised that this is going ahead, in fairness. The whole no-budget vibe of The Toxic Avenger is one of its biggest assets, and while we’re sure it’ll be updated a fair bit, we hope it doesn’t become retro for the sake of being retro (step forward Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun). Sure, Sausage Party was a mixed (and in many cases questionable) bag, but there’s enough about it to suggest that he’s a good fit for this.
Then again, the revelation of who’s involved has us feeling a bit more confident. For starters, Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (who are both heavily involved with the excellent Archer) are both on the writing team. Coupled with the presence of Vernon, and we’re expecting this to be as utterly bizarre as it needs to be. Considering that Arnold Schwarzenegger was once reportedly linked with the title role, and it seems like the people behind this aren’t afraid to go above and beyond in terms of inspiration. Hopefully it’s a good omen.
For his part, Vernon seems delighted to be involved, saying to Deadline in a statement: “The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor… Toxie is an underground icon. My favorite kind.”
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