Legendary finally has made their Toxic Avenger film reboot after ages of development.
The Toxic Avenger was essentially Deadpool before the mutant merc-with-a-mouth was ever a notion at Marvel Comics. The hyper-violent comic book hero parody debuted in 1984 and suddenly became a cult hit with multiple sequels, landing a short-lived comic book published by Marvel, the Toxic Crusaders cartoon, and a kids toyline connected to the show.
This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the saviour of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference.
The cast consts of Peter Dinklage (Avengers: Infinity War, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones) as Toxie, Jacob Tremblay (The Predator, Room, Good Boys), Elijah Wood (Lord of The Rings Trilogy), Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, White Boy Rick), Jonny Coyne Sarah Niles, and the villain will be played by Kevin Bacon (Flatliners, Tremors, Super).
Writer/director Macon Blair has announced on Twitter that production on the Toxic Avenger has wrapped in Bulgaria. Blair’s last film was the comedy thriller I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore and is a longtime actor collaborator with director Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Green Room).
The Ronin has been able to confirm that the film’s cinematographer is indeed Dana Gonzalez, who is known for shooting Noah Hawley shows such as Legion and Fargo. He was the director of photography on the Gerard Butler disaster film Greenland.
A release date for Toxic Avenger has yet to be announced as the action comedy doesn’t officially have a distributor. I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if Netflix attempts to secure the global rights to it as they’re developing various projects together including an upcoming live-action Gundam film from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island, Metal Gear Solid).