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Kevin Smith Has Great Reasons For Turning Down ‘The Toxic Avenger’ Remake

Thompson December 6, 2017 December 6th, 2017

It feels kinda nice reporting positive news about Kevin Smith for a change of pace.

Bloody Disgusting reports the Fatman on Batman podcaster recalls his most recent instance of sitting down with Hollywood executive big shots to discuss a potential project. For a time, they had him in talks for a proposed Toxic Avenger remake. Though the arrangement looked promising at first, Smith soon found himself having to bow out.

“We parted ways fundamentally on the budget,” says Smith. “Because I was just like, ‘Part of the charm of the Toxic Avenger is that it was made for two nickels. If you’re gonna do it again, don’t spend a lot of money.’ But they were like, ‘No no no, it’s a 35 million dollar movie.’”

He continues, “In my head, if I need to see a Toxic Avenger remake, it should be done in the spirit of the original. Instead, they were literally trying to start a franchise, Marvel-ize it and stuff like that.”

While the idea of a big budget Toxic Avenger sounds inciting in an abstract sense, a “Marvel-ized” iteration of the wonderfully repulsive crime fighter franchise might crumble into a Deadpool knockoff pretty quickly.

So good on Silent Bob for recognizing and calling out a bad idea when he saw one, and probably leaving a big movie studio director paycheck on the table as a consequence.

Maybe his newer movies can’t hold any candles to Clerks or Chasing Amy, but nobody can call him a sellout. In fact, y’know, it’s not as if he could’ve possibly made Yoga Hosers thinking, “Hm, with the hundreds of millions in royalties I’m about to make from this guaranteed Avengers-level success of a film, I will certainly purchase a luxury space station that orbits the Earth for my third home, and stash the rest in the Cayman Islands.”

via BD

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