Sausage Party, the animated comedy for adults, is currently in cinemas and the the response it’s getting is pretty great. The film is currently at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.
So, understandably, having made the jump from more child-friendly films like Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens and Madagascar 3, co-Director Conrad Vernon is looking for his next adult-orientated project. And that project looks to be coming in the form of a remake of the 1984 cult-film The Toxic Avenger.
The original horror/superhero comedy, directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, followed Melvin Ferd, who, after falling into a vat of nuclear waste, becomes a monstrous anti-hero and begins fighting crime and getting revenge on those who tormented him during his days as a janitor.
It was followed by three sequels, a comic adaptation, a novelisation and a musical. The franchise also spawned a spin-off children’s TV series, despite featuring heaps of gore and nudity.
A remake has been in the works since 2010, and briefly had Arnold Schwarzenegger down for the starring role, before he moved on to film Terminator: Genysis.
The newly confirmed team working on the film features Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman and Charlie Corwin as producers. Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, meanwhile, have been tapped to rewrite a screenplay by Steve Pink and D.C. Mitchell.
In a statement released to The Wrap, Vernon explained “The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor, Toxie is an underground icon. My favorite kind!”