It may sound fake, but it looks to be true. Variety is reporting that action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger is in negotiations to star in the remake of Troma’s THE TOXIC AVENGER. Schwarzenegger will not be playing Toxie, but is in talks for another lead role in the re-imagining of the 1980’s cult hit.
International Film Trust, the sales outfit launched last week by Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment, is pitching Steve Pinkâ€™s reboot of the campy 1984 action comedy in the run-up to Cannes.
Troma Entertainmentâ€™s Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman directed the original 1984 films, which initially flopped before gaining cult popularity through midnight screenings. THE TOXIC AVENGER went on to spawn three sequels, a musical and a cartoon.
The original film’s story centers around Melvin Ferd III, a 98-pound weakling who gets transformed into a superhuman crime-fighting creature after falling into a vat of toxic waste. Set to be introduced to buyers at Cannes 2013, the upcoming reimagining of THE TOXIC AVENGER is currently in pre-production and scheduled to start principal photography this fall.
Loosely based on Lloyd Kaufmanâ€™s classic Troma franchise, THE TOXIC AVENGER is the tale of a high-school kid who gets dunked in a vat of toxic waste by a corrupt chemical company. He survives the ordeal with one major side effect: Upon contact with toxic chemicals, he transforms into a monster with superhuman strength. Schwarzenegger would play â€œthe Exterminator,â€ a former black ops agent, who trains Toxie to use his powers for good. Together they take on the lurking menace created by the polluters and the polluters themselves.