Actor, writer and director Macon Blair is catching a bus to Tromaville. Blair has been tapped by Legendary to write and direct The Toxic Avenger reboot, bringing one of Lloyd Kaufman‘s most famous Z-movie figures further into the mainstream. Blair is a mainstay in Jeremy Saulnier’s films, including Murder Party, Blue Ruin, Green Room and Hold the Dark, which Blair also wrote. Blair made his directorial debut with the Netflix film I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.
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While the Avengers from Marvel Studios will likely rule the big screen for years to come, a different avenger is lying in wait and hoping to once again make a splash of his own.
Legendary Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger and are planning a remake of the trashy 1984 Troma cult classic, which follows a nerdy kid who falls into a vat of toxic waste and emerges as a mutated superhero. Read More »
Kevin Smith has built his career on his indie comedies, with occasional dips into bigger studio fare. The Clerks filmmaker recently revealed that he came very close to blending his low budget style with a big budget reboot in the form of a Toxic Avenger remake. Smith turned the gig down, however, due to disagreements over the material.
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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).
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Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to the big screen hasn’t exactly caught the public imagination so far. As a result, it looks like he’s getting weird. The actor is now in talks to play a major role in a remake of The Toxic Avenger — but he won’t be the title character. No, don’t close the browser tab just yet; there might yet be something good in this deal. Read More »
Despite his uncanny ability to end up in the tabloids, John Travolta has always remained a fearless actor. Whether it’s singing in a musical, bumbling around in a dumb comedy, shaving his head for action or dressing up as a woman, Travolta seems always willing to try new and interesting things. So it’s only partially surprising that an industry tracking board posted a rumor the Oscar-nominated star of Pulp Fiction and Saturday Night Fever is interested in starring in the remake of the Troma classic, The Toxic Avenger. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this year it was revealed that Akiva Goldsman (producer of remakes and adaptations such as Lost in Space, Starsky & Hutch, Poseidon, The Losers, and Jonah Hex) and a couple of others had acquired the rights to The Toxic Avenger, based on the cult Troma character in all his incarnations: five films, an animated show, and comic books. Now we’ve learned that Steve Pink, the Accepted and Hot Tub Time Machine director who was recently announced as developing How to Survive a Robot Uprising with Jack Black, will co-write and direct the remake, which is being pitched as an “environmentally-conscious action-comedy”. Read More »
Troma’s Toxic Avenger has long been one of the signature characters of Lloyd Kaufman’s low-budget, schlocky and gory stable of films. Since the first film in 1984, Toxie has both lampooned horror films and culture at large and offered up some silly, gory entertainment. Not that it’s ever been particularly sharp satire, but the movies are fun and sometimes memorable in their eagerness to shock.
So, of course, Akiva Goldsman and a couple other producers have picked up the rights to create a new film. The goal? PG-13 adventures. Read More »