Today all the rage in cinema is the record breaking superhero flick Avengers: Infinity War. If someone asked me who my favorite Avenger was, it wouldn’t be Iron Man, Capt. America, or the Hulk. My answer would be the one and only hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength, the Toxic Avenger! Toxie first broke onto the scene in 1984 from independent film company Troma, and is arguably Troma’s most important picture. That low budget, high fun B movie has spawned three sequels, a plethora of memorabilia, and even a Saturday morning children’s cartoon. While it’s been nearly two decades since we last saw Toxie in his own movie, Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma and the creator of the Toxic Avenger, recently did an interview with SFX Magazine where he dished out some information on the next entry into the Toxic Avenger franchise. Here’s what he had to say:
It’s definitely coming. The problem is that we need to get our new Troma movie, Shakespeare’s Shitstorm, which is our version of The Tempest, out into the cinemas and on DVD so that we can get some money together for it. This is a very ambitious Toxic Avenger movie. The script is complete and it will focus on Toxie’s two children who, 20 years after part four, have all grown up. And one has mutated into a very strange being [laughs].
The fifth entry in the franchse had been reported as far back as 2009, with Troma releasing some promotional images in an effort to raise money for the film. Back in 2011 there were also some behind-the-scenes images released from what appeared to be filming of a teaser trailer. While the project seemed to be dead or on the back burner, the news out of Tromaville today is encouraging for all of Toxie’s fans. Kaufman goes on to say this on what fans can expect from the new movie:
Fans can expect more low-budget action with the usual Troma mix of girls, guts and gruesome gore. Toxie is going to go to Chernobyl in this one. It will cost just $100,000 – but I think it is the best one yet. I have worked with [Guardians of the Galaxy director] James Gunn and the script we have for The Toxic Avenger 5 is the finest I have read. It shows Toxie fighting the bureaucrats and the obnoxious rich people who are harming the people of Tromaville.
Kaufman not only discussed the Toxic Twins, but he also discussed the long planned big budget, live action remake of the first Toxic Avenger film:
Conrad Vernon, who directed Shrek 2 and Sausage Party is attached. I have spoken to him and he knows all the Troma movies and is a big fan. I think he really understands The Toxic Avenger and I believe he will bring a cartoon sensibility to it. This is his first live-action movie and we hope it gets rolling soon.
This is all good news for Troma fans. Not only do we receive some confirmation of the next sequel in the long running splatter franchise, we also get confirmation for the Lloyd Kaufman approved remake. I am certainly looking forward to ending the drought of Toxie-less cinema. Back to Tromaville!
Trailer for the original Toxic Avenger movie: