Legendary Entertainment has acquired the feature film rights for The Toxic Avenger, the cult-classic franchise centering around the iconic stereotype-defying superhero Toxie. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers. Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee for Legendary.
The Toxic Avenger follows Tromaville, New Jersey’s monstrous protector, Toxie, who is born when the mild-mannered Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. He’s transformed into a repulsive-yet-lovable mutant hero who stands up to bullies and corruption with irreverent zeal – doing good and brutally mauling evil in no-holds-barred fashion.
After its debut in 1984, The Toxic Avenger expanded across three sequel films, a stage musical production, a children’s cartoon TV series, and a Marvel Comic.
Now celebrating 44 years of filmmaking, Troma Entertainment, Inc. is the longest-running independent movie studio in North America. In addition to commercial success, Troma enjoys a wealth of critical appreciation, exemplified by Troma retrospectives sponsored by the American Cinematheque, Cinematheque Francais, the British Film Institute, the American Film Institute and many others. After creating a new kind of sexy comedy in the ’70s and putting a new face on the movie superhuman hero in the ’80s with The Toxic Avenger, Troma continued to break new ground in the ’90s and 2000s with entertaining films.
In recent years, Troma has released Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Father’s Day and Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol 1.