Many people my age are somewhat familiar with Troma Entertainment. I remember watching movies like The Toxic Avenger, Surf Nazis Must Die and Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD on the program ‘USA Up All Night’.
It was Lloyd’s vision of making whacked out – fight the censors, gore-comedy that inspired so many people (Trey Parker and Matt Stone for instance) to be themselves and make what they wanted to see and The Toxic Avenger was one of these films. Full of sex, nudity, potty humor and disgusting sight gags, it pushed the envelope of decency. It became a cornerstone franchise for Troma Entertainment and a fan favorite.
But Lloyd and Troma have decided to let Toxie go and become the wholesome, decent person that Lloyd had always envisioned him to be? And that person is a family friendly, PG-13 environmentalist. Hey, Toxie has twins on the way right? Time to be a role model? Anyways…
Producer Charlie Corwin’s (The Squid and the Whale, Half Nelson) company Original Media has financed the acquisition of rights to the Toxic Avenger franchise that includes four sequels, an animated TV series and comic books. Original Media will finance the development of a script.
Original Media will update Toxie into a ‘Green’ Superhero and plans on making the new franchise a family friendly PG-13 action comedy akin to The Mask.
Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin are set to produce the film while Weed Road Pictures’ Kerry Foster will be executive producer on The Toxic Avenger with Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz and Shara Kay is co-producer.
Kaufman’s next book should be titled “How to roll over for a Pile of Cash”.