'Hot Tub Time Machine' Director Signs On For 'The Toxic Avenger' Remake

Toxic AvengerDirector Steve Pink has already handled one delightfully ludicrous concept and film title in the form of "Hot Tub Time Machine," and many would argue that he lived up to the challenge quite well. But how is he going to fare against a different delightfully ludicrous concept, especially when this one beats its enemies with a mop?

We'll find out fairly soon, as Pink has officially signed on to direct the remake of "The Toxic Avenger." Deadline reports that Pink is co-writing the screenplay for the stinky green hero's big screen revival alongside Daniel C. Mitchell.

"The Toxic Avenger is exactly what the country -- wait, that's not big enough -- what the world needs right now," Pink said of his latest assignment in a statement.

First hitting theaters in 1984, the original "The Toxic Avenger" told the story of Melvin Ferd, a local janitor that's constantly victimized by a group of bullies. After an incident with his tormentors, Melvin finds himself exposed to toxic waste, resulting in a physical transformation that turns him into a massive crime-fighting hero.

"The Toxic Avenger" has spawned a variety of spinoffs, including several movie sequels, an animated cartoon series and even a comic book series at Marvel Comics in the 1990s and Devil's Due Publishing in 2007.

An expansive rights package for "The Toxic Avenger" was acquired last April by producers Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin. It appears that Pink's forthcoming film is the toxic fruit of that acquisition.

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