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Legendary’s “THE TOXIC AVENGER” reboot gets a writer/director

Thursday, March 21, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

There’s been talk of a big-budget remake of Troma’s cult classic THE TOXIC AVENGER for decades, and now it seems like it’s actually happening, with an exciting choice of filmmaker at the helm.

Variety reports that Macon Blair will write and direct the new TOXIC AVENGER for Legendary Entertainment. He’s taking on the campy, gory superheroics after being part of much darker, more somber studies of violence as an actor and occasional scriptwriter, frequently teaming with director Jeremy Saulnier on standout thrillers like BLUE RUIN, GREEN ROOM and HOLD THE DARK. He made his directorial debut on the more blackly comedic crime film I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE., which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and is now available on Netflix. Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz are producing the AVENGER update, along with Legendary’s Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.