Is John Travolta Starring in 'The Toxic Avenger' Remake?

Steve Pink is directing this update of the Lloyd Kaufman classic, about a janitor who transforms into a gruesome vigilante.
John Travolta may star in The Toxic Avenger remake
John Travolta may star in The Toxic Avenger remake
We haven't heard anything about The Toxic Avenger remake since November 2010, when Steve Pink signed on to direct. Today, we have word that John Travolta may be attached to star. There is no word on whom he will be playing if this rumor is correct, though he seems a tad old to be taking on the title role.

Troma Films principals Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz directed the original version of The Toxic Avenger in 1984. The story centers on a janitor named Melvin, who is tormented by the muscle-bound jocks that go to his gym. One day, they dump Melvin into a vat of toxic waste, transforming him into an enormous but deformed creature, who vows to rid his New Jersey streets of criminals and thugs. Here is a brief logline for the remake, that indicates the campy aspects of the original will be no more.

"Action-comedy remake in the vein of The Mask... he's an environmental superhero...doesn't want it to be campy..."


Steve Pink is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Daniel C. Mitchell. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz are executive producing. No production schedule was given, although this remake may have to wait for the director to become available. He is also attached to direct Bad Santa 2 and the About Last Night remake Sexual Pervisity in Chicago.

The Toxic Avenger comes to theaters in 2014.



Sources: Its On The Grid

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Indeed. It'd be cool to see if Tarantino can resurrect John's career, again.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah, his number of terrible movies far out weigh his number of great ones.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @ROFLitschristian@thedude-abides -- He needs to give Tarantino a call, before it's too late.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. Vanboy

    @ROFLitschristian, just what do you feel, that repels you?

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  5. ROFLitschristian

    If Travolta's in anything, I just can't bring myself to watch it.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  6. Err

    I never liked troma's mobies, but i would watch a toxic avenger movie with travolta.

    2 years agoby @err2005Flag

  7. THE JOKER

    @mieko-siede Alright I will see you over there then!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  8. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 Yes, I'd like to hear your ideas as to how Yen and Li could work.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  9. THE JOKER

    @mieko-siede haha and now I can go and discuss on my reviewas to not give any spoilers away my thoughts of how Yen and Li could work for the third movie! Thats why in my review I made a big deal about all the one liners and all.. they were one of the more enjoyable parts of the films! And Chuck making the snake joke... classic

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  10. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 I thought it was fun watching them make fun of themselves. Like Arnold said at one point in the movie, they each belong in a museum but it sure was enjoyable. It didn't have the same high octane flair as the first one. But that was fine. Just the additions of some of the icons and the spoofing within was enough to make up for it. I liked the Statham fight when he had to take on Adkins. I was okay with the Stallone/Van Damme showdown. The real treat was to see a lot of these icons together. I hate that Li was gone after the first act, it would have been nice to see where he fit in between them. Hopefully he returns for the full length of the third. Everyone showed their age in this film, but they were just as aware of it as you and I. Overall, it was completely enjoyable. I look forward to see how they round it out in a trilogy. I don't see them doing more than three.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  11. THE JOKER

    @mieko-siede Nice... and?? What did you think...
    And yeah... like I have said, no more creativity!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  12. THE JOKER

    @gandoff I am ashamed I forgot that!!!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  13. Mwheeler1324

    Never saw the toxic Avenger before. But I think John is still a good actor. He was good in savages the oliver stone movie that just came out 2 or 3 months ago.

    2 years agoby @mwheeler1324Flag

  14. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 I agree with the remake line. This is definitely not one of those movies I'd like to see a new spin on. The original film was just...I don't really have a word for it. But on another note, I finally saw The Expendables 2.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  15. Gandoff

    @mcleve02 Don't forget Swordfish.. >:)

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  16. Vanboy

    Travolta should loose the tupes. He looks cooler and more badass with a shaved head like Willis.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  17. A7sus4

    Cool! I had no idea this was even something being discussed, I used to love the Toxic Avenger!

    2 years agoby @a7sus4Flag

  18. THE JOKER

    I definitely disagree with that... watch Face/Off and Broken Arrow

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  19. Xenon

    His films lately have been horrible, John is better as a hero not as a villain.
    As of this film, no thanks.

    2 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  20. jasdjqs

    Boo

    2 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  21. THE JOKER

    yay for Travolta, boo for yet another f*cking remake...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  22. Rudy

    Sounds like a good title for a spin-off to The Avengers.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  23. skywise

    The camp aspects of the original is what made it so endearing. This sounds like a really stupid idea.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  24. psychobilly13

    Oh....so I guess they are going to "modernize" toxie and make him gay? Why is this pole smoker still making movies? Who actually goes to his movies?

    2 years agoby @psychobilly13Flag

  25. Gandoff

    @bawnian-dexeus It sucks, in a over the top not good cheesy way. It is on netflix i think... Was made in the 80's.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Never seen it

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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