How many horror fans remember the Toxic Avenger? Well, if Legendary stays on track with this project you may seen it in theaters sometime in 2020.
The Toxic Avenger was an 1984 American superhero comedy splatter film directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman (credited as Samuel Weil) and written by Kaufman and Joe Ritter. The film was released by Troma Entertainment, known for producing low budget B-movies with campy concepts and gruesome violence. Virtually ignored upon its first release, The Toxic Avenger caught on with filmgoers after a long and successful midnight movie engagement at the famed Bleecker Street Cinemas in New York City in late 1985. It now is regarded as a cult classic.
The film has generated three film sequels, a stage musical production, a video game and a children’s TV cartoon. Two less successful sequels, The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, were filmed as one. Director Lloyd Kaufman realized that he had shot far too much footage for one film and re-edited it into two. A third independent sequel was also released, titled Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.
Per THR, Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who directed the 1984 movie, will produce the new film project.
The original pic told the story of a mild-mannered young man named Melvin who becomes a disfigured radioactive hulking mess after falling into a vat of toxic waste. He uses his newfound form to brutally fight bad guys. The movie went on to become Troma’s biggest success, launching several sequels and even a children’s cartoon. The character is also Troma’s mascot.
Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee for Legendary.
No writer or filmmaker is currently attached.