Arnold Schwarzenegger has entered talks for Toxic Avenger, a remake of the classic 1984 Troma superhero film, according to a Monday report from The Hollywood Reporter.
Schwarzenegger’s role is uncertain, but THR speculated that the actor could be playing the film’s villain, the supervisor of the plant that creates the title character, or Citizen Toxie himself (transformed, of course).
The original plot focused on a boy, who falls into a vat of toxic waste and emerges as a superhero.
In the new version, the human form of Toxie will be a teenager, who joins an environmental club to impress the girl of his dreams. While investigating a waste plant, he falls in to the vat and the rest you can pretty much figure out on your own.
Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) co-wrote the script with Daniel C. Mitchell. Pink will also direct.
As for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 65-year-old actor has stayed busy since leaving the California governor’s office.
Later this year, he has Escape Plan, a starring turn with Sylvester Stallone and Vincent D’Onofrio. That film will center on a structural security authority, who becomes incarcerated in a prison of his own design.
After that, he has Ten in 2014 — another action-thriller — followed by Captive, Terminator 5, Triplets (the Twins sequel), The Legend of Conan, and Unknown Soldier.
Should he accept a role in the Toxic Avenger remake, we’re sure you can just throw it into the mix sometime before the end of 2015.
Whatever he decides, here’s hoping for Schwarzenegger’s own sake that his film choices turn out better than his long-awaited comeback, The Last Stand.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film was a financial failure, grossing just north of $37 million worldwide while shooting on a budget of $45 million.
While its $8 million loss doesn’t represent a lot of money in Hollywood terms, the fact that Schwarzenegger went from being one of Hollywood’s biggest stars pre-gubernatorial run to a box office failure at the end of it, couldn’t have been good on the old ego.
Of course, film audiences may have been taking it out on their once favorite action star because of this:
Do you think it’s over for Arnold Schwarzenegger? Would you like to see him in a Toxic Avenger remake?