Arnold Schwarzenegger May Star In Upcoming Toxic Avenger Reboot

Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Toxic Avenger movies could be considered relics from the 1980s, but now the two worlds are going to be combined. Variety is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has kept busy with movies like The Expendables 2, The Last Stand and the upcoming Escape Plan, is now in talks to star in a reboot featuring the famous mutated monster hero.

Schwarzenegger won't be taking the titular role in the movie, but the trade says that he will be playing "another lead role." The "reimagining" is described by sources as being a more mainstream action-adventure film, suggesting that the property could lose a little of its midnight madness charm.Screenwriter Steve Pink, whose credits include Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, is working on the screenplay with newcomer Daniel C. Mitchell.

The original film, directed by Troma Entertainment’s Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, told the story of Melvin Ferd III, a nerdy guy who falls into a vat of toxic waste and becomes a crime-fighting vigilante. The first movie was followed by both The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie in 1989, and in the early 1990s there was a short-lived television series. The film is being sold to potential buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

Schwarzenegger has the aforementioned Escape Plan, in which he once again reunites with Sylvester Stallone, set to be released on September 13th, and then early next year he will be featured in David Ayer's cop thriller Ten.

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