’The Toxic Avenger V’
So, here’s an interesting thought: what do you get when you cross-breed a sequel to a gore movie and a cartoon director? Sounds like a beginning of a terrible joke, am I right? Welp, Troma has decided to answer that particular question with a new ‘Toxic Avenger 5’, and quite frankly, if Troma is answering, then it must be bloody fun.
I have written about Troma before, but most of you probably don’t need to read that to know that Lloyd Kaufman is a wizard, genius and possibly a madman too (I say this with utmost respect and admiration), who gave us the burned, distorted gem that is ‘The Toxic Avenger.’ This little low budget movie became a cult movie, which became a cult super-hero franchise, that gave us an animated feature, a cartoon series, comic books, action figures, and an actual novel. I mean, wassup Marvel?!
The adventures of our favorite health club janitor started one sunny day back in 1984 when he fell into a drum of toxic waste and became a super-hero. Sure, hideously deformed and permanently wearing a burned tutu around his waist, but a superhero nonetheless. Since then, we’ve seen him fight and defeat Cigar Face and his gang, Apocalypse Inc., the Devil himself, and the infamous Diaper Mafia. We’ve seen his love life go through turmoil from dating Sarah than Claire then marrying Sarah and her being pregnant with two babies from two different fathers, then… Anyway, just watch the damn movies.
As far as this obvious turbulence in development is concerned, it happened because Kaufman and his crew decided that the third installment to The Toxic Avenger, should be the actual official sequel to the first movie. They completely disregarded the first two sequels and even had Stan Lee inform us on that in his opening narration for ‘Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV’ movie. I honestly don’t have any idea why they have chosen to pretend like the Apocalypse Inc. adventures never existed, but who am I to question the creative process of a legend (Kaufman)?
Kaufman recently addressed the rumors and confirmed that we are set for yet another Toxie treat. ‘The Toxic Avenger V’ is still in development, mostly due to the lack of funds. What blew my mind is that Kaufman said that Conrad Vernon, who directed ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Sausage Party,’ is attached to direct the newest Toxie. I mean, huh?… And that brings us back to the question from the beginning. That joke would probably be terrible, but as far as this movie is concerned, I think that having someone as visual as Vernon on board will just benefit ‘The Toxic Avenger’ franchise. If you think about it, there is something truly and twistedly cartoonish about our Monster Hero, and Vernon will probably have a new take on that.
Apparently, Kaufman wrote the new script with his buddy James Gunn. James Gunn to most people is “the guy who wrote ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy,’” but to me, he will always be “the guy who wrote ‘Slither.’” Gunn also wrote the very innovative ‘The Belko Experiment’ (2016), as well as a 2004 remake of the famous Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead.’ He wrote many more, but I chose these as honorable mentions, just so we’re clear. Anyway, this Kaufman/Gunn tandem is a sure win, and judging by some spoilers that we have so far, this will be a totally fresh experience, and not just a safe dive into warm shallows. Supposedly, the script focuses on Toxie’s now grown up kids, and his own fight with the bureaucrats and evil rich people who are ruining Tromaville. His kids will be very interesting to meet because we still remember them as just Toxie and Noxie baby, and one of them has apparently mutated into something very strange…
All in all, Troma will soon release their newest masterpiece, ‘Shakespeare’s Shitstorm,’ which is the adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest,’ and which will further help them fund Toxie’s brand new adventure. So, if you’re a fan of Troma movies, follow the news and hit the cinemas once the ‘Shitstorm’ arrives. That way, you can tell your grandkids you were once a part of ‘The Toxic Avenger V’ horror history making.
By now, you probably know I’m a great fan of honorable mentions concept, so in the end, I will give you a gift of ‘Slither.’ Enjoy.