'Hot Tub Time Machine' Director Behind 'Toxic Avenger' Remake

November 5, 2010
Source: Deadline

The Toxic Avenger

Back in April we found out that The Toxic Avenger was getting tossed in the remake machine for a family friendly PG-13 action comedy similar to The Mask starring Jim Carrey. Now Deadline has word that director Steve Pink, the seemingly family unfriendly filmmaker of Hot Tub Time Machine, will direct the "green" remake for these environmentally conscious times. No new details on the story for this new adaptation have surfaced, but the original centered on a mop-wielding simpleton named Melvin, whose trusting ways made him easy prey for thugs who tossed him into a vat of toxic waste, thus turning him into The Toxic Avenger.

A transformation gave him rippling muscles and despite a rather grotesque exterior appearance, some beautiful ladies finally started noticing Melvin. The deal for the remake included the acquisition of the 1984 original film, four sequels, an animated TV series and comic books, so rather than a straight up adaptation of one of these iterations, the new film will likely use all of them as inspiration. It's not clear if the director will tackle this before continuing development on the recently announced adaptation of How to Survive a Robot Uprising but Pink says, ""The Toxic Avenger is exactly what the country--wait, that's not big enough--what the world needs right now." A bit theatrical, but I guess you can't expect much less for a hero that could save the world with his mop and bucket. Anyone excited about this news?

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Steve Pink rocks! I'll give it a shot.

Rops on Nov 5, 2010


'Hot Tub Time Machine' Director Behind 'Toxic Avenger' Remake Riiiiigggghhhhtttt ... So, what more needs to be said about this?

Hattori Hanzo on Nov 5, 2010



Nubby on Nov 5, 2010


Geez this fool is going to destroy the movie (PG-13)???? no way! it has to be a hard R Rating

Bagman on Nov 5, 2010


Yeah they should leave this one alone! theres no way it can be depraved enough to live up to the original

Jimmy Love on Nov 5, 2010


the whole family friendly pg-13 is the worst idea i have ever heard arggg

drinkcoke on Nov 5, 2010


Apparently this guy has a thing for making terrible movies. A pg-13 Toxic Avenger movie? No thanks

FatBaby on Nov 6, 2010


Nooooo! Say it isn't so???How can they make The Toxic Avenger into a PG13 movie?and why?How could any Troma film be made into a PG13 movie?lol

jah p on Nov 6, 2010


I have to agree with everybody else on this. Bad remake idea.

Moutchy on Nov 6, 2010

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