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.