Macon Blair Set to Write, Direct Legendary's 'Toxic Avenger' Reboot
The multi-hyphenate has signed on to write and direct the reboot, Variety reports. Legendary acquired the film rights in December and is reportedly prioritizing the project. The reboot will mark yet another return of the original Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman-directed film; it has previously inspired three sequels, an animated series, and even a musical.
A superhero horror comedy, "The Toxic Avenger" centered on Melvin Ferd (Mark Torgl), a physically weak man whose encounter with bullies led him to fall into toxic waste. The incident ultimately gave him superhuman abilities, and he then went on to battle bad guys. Plot details for the reboot have not been revealed.
Kaufman co-wrote the original with Joe Ritter, and now it is Blair who will do the job. His writing credits already include 2018's "Hold the Dark" and 2017's "Small Crimes" and "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore." He directed the latter and also appeared in all three.
Kaufman and Herz are returning to produce the reboot via Troma Entertainment. They'll be joined by Legendary's Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter.