All the way back in 2016, we learned that Conrad Vernon, the co-director of Sausage Party, had agreed to direct a remake of The Toxic Avenger. To be written by Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, the remake was supposed to arrive via Troma and Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road Pictures.
It's now 2018, and we've heard nothing further on that version of the Toxic Avenger remake, but perhaps that's because ownership of the franchise has apparently changed hands: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to Troma's iconic series, and is now actively working on their own Toxic Avenger franchise reboot.
As was the case with the Conrad Vernon version of the remake, this iteration of the project will also be produced by Troma's Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who directed the 1984 original. It's unknown at this time whether or not Vernon's still in the running to direct, or whether or not Arnold and Poole's script (which was itself a rewrite of a screenplay written by Steve Pink and D.C. Mitchell) is still in play. Got all that?
Indeed, this seems like a lot of back and forth for a Toxic Avenger remake, but who knows? Maybe the time is right for Toxie's return. Maybe it'll be timely thanks to an explicitly environmental angle (please, god, let Toxie smack a Trump stand-in with his mop). Maybe we're underestimating the value of this franchise. Guess we'll see.
Stay tuned for more on the alleged Toxic Avenger remake as further updates become available.