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The Important News DC Extended Universe: Zack Snyder unveiled Batman's new suit for Justice League. Billy Crudup will play Barry Allen's father in The Flash. Margo Robbie will produce her Harley Quinn spinoff. X-Men: Mr. Sinister will be the villain in Wolverine 3. Star Wars: Rogue One will be scored by Michael Giacchino instead of Alexandre Desplat. Sequels: Benicio Del Toro will star in The Predator. Peter Berg wants to make The Rundown 2. Cailee Spaeny will star in Pacific Rim 2. Remakes: Conrad Vernon will direct the Toxic Avenger remake. Alternate Cuts: The "black and chrome" version of Mad Max: Fury Road will hit video in December. Biopics: Stan Lee's life...
- Christopher Campbell
Leading creatives on some of the biggest animated movies of the year as well as some of the top execs in the VFX and gaming industries are among the speakers at the View Conference 2016 next month in Turin, Italy.
The View Conference, set for Oct. 24-28, spotlights the latest in animation, games, VFX, computer graphics and virtual reality with five days of keynote addresses, workshops and master classes.
Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, directors of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming movie “Trolls,” have just been added to the lineup along with “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon; “Kubo & the Two Strings” screenwriter Mark Haimes; Marvel’s executive VP of production Victoria Alonso, who’ll be discussing her work on such films as “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange”: Lucasfilm’s chief technology officer Rob Bredow, who’ll speak about the company’s work with Vr, augmented reality and interactive cinema »
- Terry Flores
It’s a match made in stoner-heaven! Deadline reports that a live-action remake of Troma’s hilariously gruesome B-movie, The Toxic Avenger, is being developed at Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment, with Sausage Party co-helmer Conrad Vernon on board to direct. Arnold Schwarzenegger was actually attached to star in an earlier incarnation, but has since walked away.
For those in need of a Toxie history lesson, the original was a 1984 horror comedy directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman for Troma Entertainment. The story focused on a nerdy janitor named Melvin, who falls into a toxic waste drum and emerges as a hideously deformed, freakishly strong superhero. The film was virtually ignored upon its release, but has since become regarded as a cult classic, spawning several sequels, comic books and even a short-lived animated series.
Here’s what Vernon had to say about signing on to helm »
- Mark Cassidy
Deadline reports that Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon has signed on to direct The Toxic Avenger remake. Writers Mike Arnold and Chris Poole are rewriting the screenplay from Steve Pink and D.C. Mitchell.
Akiva Goldsman and Charlie Corwin of Weed Road will produce the film alongside Richard Saperstein of Storyscape Entertainment. The Toxic Avenger Creators Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as executive producers on the remake.
The Toxic Avenger was a B-movie horror/comedy that was released in 1984 and told the story of a mop boy named Melvin who works at a local health club. After being humiliated by the cool kids in town, Melvin accidentally falls into a barrel of toxic waste which transforms him into a grotesque monster who becomes the superhero known as The Toxic Avenger. »
- Kellvin Chavez
One half of the directing team behind this month’s Sausage Party is set to direct a remake of The Toxic Avenger. The news comes to us via Variety who say that Vernon will team with screenwriters Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (Archer) who are rewriting the screenplay by Steve Pink and C. Mitchell.
The Tromo classic, released in 1984, was directed by Kaufman and Herz and revolved around a 98-pound nerd (Mark Torgl) from New Jersey who lands in a vat of toxic waste and becomes a benevolent monster (Mitchell Cohen).
No word on when this one will kick into production, but we’ll keep you informed.
- Paul Heath
Because of Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon, moviegoers will never look at groceries the same way. The filmmaker's next project will take him from store aisles to the town of Tromaville, as Vernon is now set to helm the remake of 1984's The Toxic Avenger.
Variety (via Deadline) reports that Vernon will direct The Toxic Avenger remake from a screenplay by Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, who will rewrite a previous remake script penned by D.C. Mitchell and Steve Pink. In addition to co-writing the prior script for the remake, Pink was at one point lined up to direct the film as well.
For those unfamiliar with the beloved Troma film, The Toxic Avenger followed bullied janitor Melvin Ferd, who fell into toxic waste after being pursued by his tormentors, only to rise from certain death and become transformed into a disfigured defender of Tromaville.
- Derek Anderson
The co-director of Sausage Party has signed on to reboot The Toxic Avenger. No, I’m not talking about Seth Rogen or Evan Goldberg, but Conrad Vernon, who co-directed the R-rated animated film alongside Greg Tiernan (its a common misconception that Goldberg and Rogen directed the film, as they co-wrote the screenplay and produced). Conrad Vernon has been […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Deadline is reporting that Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon has signed on to helm the long-gestating remake of Troma’s cult 1984 superhero horror-comedy The Toxic Avenger. Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (Archer) are set to rewrite the screenplay, which was originally penned by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine).
“The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor,” said Vernon. “Toxie is an underground icon. My favorite kind.”
A remake of the film was first announced back in 2010, and is described as “a more grounded and mainstream telling of the story”. It will reportedly follow an average teen who joins an environmental club to impress his crush. While doing some investigating at a waste plant, he is thrown into a tub of waste and transforms into a radioactive hero.
- Gary Collinson
After gestating in development for nearly six years, The Toxic Avenger remake is finally moving forward with a new director. Conrad Vernon, who co-directed the hit R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, has signed on to direct. Mike Arnold (Archer) and Chris Poole (The Grackle) have come aboard to rewrite the script for this long-awaited remake, which was first written by the project's original director, Steve Pink and D.C. Franklin.
Deadline says this new version is a more grounded and mainstream approach to The Toxic Avenger, which first hit theaters in 1984 from director Lloyd Kaufman. The story followed a New Jersey teenager named Melvin, a nerdy janitor who falls into a vat of hazardous waste, which transforms him into The Toxic Avenger. Here's what Conrad Vernon had to say in a statement about joining this project.
"The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor. »
Low-budget cult classic The Toxic Avenger is getting a remake, and Conrad Vernon -- who co-directed the raunchy summer hit Sausage Party alongside Greg Tiernan -- is taking the helm. The original Toxic Avenger is pure schlock, but it's schlock with a heart, and I happen to get a real kick out of the film, which remains camp purveyor Troma Entertainment's signature title (company co-founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz are serving as executive producers here). According to the Deadline report, Vernon's version is being billed as a "re-imagining" that will be "a more grounded and mainstream telling of the story," which frankly seems to be missing the point of what made the scuzzy 1984 original so special to begin with. That said, Vernon did help create one of the most subversive studio films of the last several years, so as "Hollywood" directors go, he's more well-equipped than most to »
- Chris Eggertsen
Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment, Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road and Charlie Corwin will produce. Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (“Archer”; “The Grackle”) are on board to rewrite the screenplay by Steve Pink and D.C. Mitchell.
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Films, creators of the original franchise, will executive produce along with Bob Cooper and Alex Schwartz of Storyscape Entertainment, and Greg Lessans of Weed Road.
The movie, a re-imagining of Troma’s classic, tells the story of a New Jersey teenager whose accidental tumble into a vat of toxic waste turns him into a mutant superhero.
“Conrad Vernon is a subversive comedic genius. He is the perfect director to bring this iconoclastic franchise back to life,” Saperstein said.
“The opportunity to re-imagine »
- Justin Kroll
Whether you love them or hate them, you have to admit that the Toxic Avenger movies have been quite successful. (Relatively, anyway. This ain’t Jurassic Park we’re talking about here.) Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma Entertainment—again, for better or for worse—is basically The House That Toxie Built, and the movies’ descent into “putridness and nihilism,” as The A.V. Club’s Charles Bramesco put it in his rundown of the series, reflects the larger withdrawal of the Troma cult into a insular, methane-scented world of its very own.
In other words, somebody needs to come and pull New Jersey’s favorite mutant son from the toxic waste dump of his own franchise, and Conrad Vernon is here to attempt just that. Deadline reports that the Sausage Party co-director, who previously directed the more family-friendly animated films Shrek 2, Monsters Vs. Aliens, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most »
- Katie Rife
Conrad Vernon, the co-director of Sony’s raunchy sleeper August animated hit “Sausage Party,” will helm a live-action remake of the 1984 cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” a source close to the movie confirmed to TheWrap. Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment, a new joint venture between Saperstein and Bob Cooper, will produce the film alongside Akiva Goldsman‘s Weed Road and Charlie Corwin. Mike Arnold and Chris Poole will rewrite the screenplay by Steve Pink and D.C. Mitchell. “The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor,” Vernon said in a statement provided to TheWrap. »
- Matt Pressberg
Exclusive: Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon has been set to helm The Toxic Avenger, the live-action remake of the signature schlock franchise launched years ago by Troma. This version is a more grounded and mainstream telling of the story, and it’s set up at Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein's Storyscape Entertainment. Saperstein is producing with Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road and Charlie Corwin. Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, the duo behind Archer and The Grackle, are… »
The food in a supermarket waits for Gods (humans) to take them to The Great Beyond. Thing is, ‘The Great Beyond’ is actually a horrible death where humans eat them.
Who knew food could be so erotic?
Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris, sure. And that weird video of a Japanese girl covering herself in tomato sauce someone once sent me. But Sausage Party takes sitophilia (look it up) to new extremes. Animated extremes.
Anthropomorphised buns writhe in pleasure while anal beads are extracted from their rear ends. Tacos with seductive, Spanish accents go down on other flour-based products. Sausages jerk off a bagel.
It’s horrific and hilarious at the same time. It’s a »
- Oli Davis
It became patently clear after the very first trailer of Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon’s Sausage Party what the paramount gimmick would be to this outrageous animation – to give off the impression we’re dealing with a family flick, only to descend into utter filth and vulgarity, and on that note the picture certainly […]
The post Sausage Party Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Stefan Pape
Sausage Party review: Sometimes funny, though as a whole, an instantly disposable comedic effort that doesn’t quite cut the mustard.
It takes some balls to put an R-rated animated comedy in production, so hats off to the makers of Sausage Party and indeed Sony Pictures for actually following through with the Seth Rogen-led movie, which finally arrives in UK cinemas this week.
Made for a rather paltry $19 million, the film is largely based in a suburban supermarket where its inhabitants, the food, eagerly await being selected to be taken through the checkouts and on to ‘The Great Beyond’.
Amongst them is Frank (Rogen), a sausage who is packed together with the likes of Jonah Hill‘s Carl and Michael Cera‘s deformed, though rather well-girth-ed Barry. They all hope for selection, though Frank also has his eyes on neighbouring shelve-inhabitant Brenda »
- Paul Heath
“Sausage Party” may be a film about a hotdog that wants to have sex with a bun, but it still represents a watershed moment for Hollywood. The raunchy comedy that’s grossed $65 million after two weeks in theaters is the first R-rated CG animated movie. Co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “Sausage Party” has sex, violence and curse words in a format that has always been reserved for family-friendly fare.
The movie features the voices of comedic stars like Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, James Franco and Paul Rudd playing anthropomorphized food items who discover their only reason for existing is to be eaten by humans. Directors Conrad Vernon (“Monsters vs. Aliens”) and Greg Tiernan (TV’s “Thomas & Friends”) have backgrounds in traditional animation aimed at children, but there’s nothing traditional about this deranged dark comedy. »
- Graham Winfrey
On Monday, the raunchy, R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party got a lot less fun as anonymous sources claiming to be animators who worked on the film alleged that the reason why Sausage Party’s creative team was free to make such a boundary-pushing animated movie was because they treated their below-the-line technical workers like sweatshop labor.
Let’s back up for a moment: The film was made for somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million, although directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan wouldn’t confirm that number in their recent interview with Cartoon Brew that started this whole mess. Instead, they said that “we knew damn well that we could deliver a movie that looks like a $150 million movie for a fraction of the cost.” That low budget meant less studio involvement, which meant fewer executives poking their noses into the creative process, which meant the film could be ...
- Katie Rife
The adult animated film “Sausage Party” was released last Friday to initial commercial and critical success. The film follows Frank, a sausage (played by Seth Rogen) who resides in a supermarket aisle, who discovers the truth about what happens when he and the other foods are brought to The Great Beyond, i.e. a kitchen in a customer’s home, and tries to warn all of his friends about their impending doom. While the film has garnered a reputation for its raunchy humor and theological underpinnings, one element that has gone largely unnoticed is its score. Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the film featuring Rogen, co-directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, and composers Alan Menken and Christopher Lennertz discuss the film’s score.
Read More: ‘Sausage Party’ Review: It’s Feast Or Famine In A Grossly Uneven Comedy That Forever Redefines ‘Food Porn’
Alan Menken is best known for »
- Vikram Murthi
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