It’s been almost a decade since we first started hearing about a potential remake of that Troma exploitation classic The Toxic Avenger. Although it initially sounded like it was going in a pretty strange creative direction (“a family friendly PG-13 action comedy akin to The Mask” was the original logline), back in 2016 we heard that Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon had taken the reins which sounded slightly more appropriate. Now this week the project has taken its most promising turn yet as writer-director-actor Macon Blair has reportedly replaced Vernon the director’s chair. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Variety, Macon Blair will write and direct a reboot of cult classic The Toxic Avenger for Legendary Entertainment. The company is known for producing mostly major blockbusters like The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Godzilla and Jurassic World and acquired the rights from Troma back in December. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will produce along with Legendary’s Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter.
Blair is best known for his collaborations with Jeremy Saulnier, having starred in Blue Ruin, Green Room and Hold the Dark. In 2017 he released his directorial debut, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, a dark crime comedy that seems like it could be tonally in line with The Toxic Avenger. It still seems doubtful that a big studio can pull off a successful reboot of this property but Blair is at least an interesting choice to write and direct. Are you looking forward to The Toxic Avenger reboot?