Troma Entertainment’s The Toxic Avenger has been on a road to getting rebooted. There have been people trying to get the film into production since 2010. The last we heard, Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon was attached to direct it from a script written by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine).
Now, according to Deadline, Legendary Entertainment has acquired feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger, and the directors of the original 1984 film Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers on the new film. There’s no word on if Vernon or Pink are still involved though.
The original film told the story of a bullied janitor who becomes a mutant superhero after falling into a vat of toxic waste and transforms into a radioactive hero, who stands up to bullies and corruption with irreverent zeal.
Over the years, there were reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered a role in the film back 2013. John Travolta was even rumored to be up for a role. Kevin Smith talked about how he was offered the opportunity to direct the reboot. He ended up jumping on board, but eventually dropped out over budget issues.
It’ll be interesting to see how this film project comes together. I enjoyed watching those old 80’s Troma horror films and The Toxic Avenger is definitely one of their more popular properties. It’ll be interesting to see what is being planned, but I hope that it at least embraces the cheesiness of the original movie.
What do you think about Legendary Pictures producing The Toxic Avenger reboot?
According to a new report from Deadline, Daredevil has officially been cancelled after three seasons on Netflix
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” the company said in a statement to Deadline. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note. We’re thankful to showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and incredible cast including Charlie Cox as Daredevil himself, and we’re grateful to the fans who have supported the show over the years. While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.”
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced today that Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+, the Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service. The series, which will go into production next year, follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”
The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. A release date for the series has not yet been announced. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for the latest updates.
Above image from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Stan Lee, the godfather of Marvel Comics whose cast of characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and the X-Men were beloved by millions of readers for decades before becoming a multibillion-dollar movie empire that dominated box offices in the 21st century, has died. He was 95.
Lee’s representative, Dawn Miller, confirmed he died Monday in Los Angeles.
Born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, in New York City, Lee started his career as an office assistant at Timely Comics in 1939. As a teen, Lee said he was working odd jobs to help his parents pay the bills, when he heard about the position.
“I must’ve been the only one who applied because I got the job, and I thought it would be a temporary job,” Lee said in 2011. “I had never thought of writing comics.”