Legendary Entertainment, the studio behind the latest round of Godzilla movies, has acquired the rights to one of the most infamous franchises in cinematic history, the Toxic Avenger. The iconic Troma Films' hero will likely star in a remake or reboot of the gross-out indie classic.
In a press release issued by Legendary, the studio announced that it acquired the feature film rights to "the cult classic franchise centering around the iconic stereotype-defying superhero Toxie." Troma's co-founders, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who also directed 1984's The Toxic Avenger, will serve as producers on the project, and Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee the project for Legendary.
Toxie, the "Toxic Avenger" referred to in the title, becomes a gooey mutated antihero after falling into a vat of toxic waste. Before that, he was Melvin, a mild-mannered janitor bullied by those around him. Now, as Toxie, he strikes back against his tormentors and stands up for the little guy as the protector of the fictional Tromaville, New Jersey.
After The Toxic Avenger premiered in 1984, it spawned a series of three unlikely sequels, a musical and a short-lived cartoon, Toxic Crusaders in the early 1990s.
Troma has been in business since the 1970s and is the oldest independent production company in America. Based out of Long Island, New York, a, the studio is known for pushing the envelope with raunchy comedies in the 1970s and satirical horror productions in the 1980s and 1990s such as the Toxic Avenger movies, Tromeo and Juliet and the Nuke 'Em High series.