Hold onto your butts Troma fans because Toxy is coming back!
A year after news broke regarding Legendary’s Toxic Avenger, Deadline confirms the studio has found their lead. Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage is slated to star. The contemporary reimagining of the Troma film is set to be written and directed by Macon Blair.
The film will follow a struggling every-man who is pushed into a vat of toxic waste and is transformed into “a mutant freak who must go from shunned outcast to underdog hero as he races to save his son, his friends, and his community from the forces of corruption and greed.
The original low-budget film quickly became and remains a cult classic upon its release in 1984 and spawned several sequels, an animated TV series, a musical, and a video-game.
Troma, where Toxy originated from, was founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974. The company produces low-budget independent films, primarily of the horror genre. Many of them play on 1950s horror with elements of farce, parody, gore and splatter.
Of course this isn’t the first time Toxy has tried to go mainstream. In 2010, Kaufman confirmed that a PG-13 remake of The Toxic Avenger was happening and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman. There was even a brief rumor of Arnold Schwarzenegger being up for the role of Toxy.
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