Blair is primarily known for his work as an actor, having appeared in films like Green Room, Logan Lucky and Thunder Road. He made his directorial debut with I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in January 2017. It premiered on Netflix the following month. As a writer, he penned 2018’s Hold the Dark and co-wrote the screenplay for 2017’s Small Crimes. Both of those films also debuted on Netflix.
Legendary began developing a new Toxic Avenger film after acquiring the film rights last December. The original movie centered on Melvin Ford, a down-on-his-luck janitor at a New Jersey health club. During an altercation with a group of sadistic patrons, Melvin was submerged in a drum of toxic waste. The accident left him hideously deformed, but also endowed him with superhuman strength.
The Toxic Avenger’s dark humor and gratuitous violence caused it to become a favorite of many B-movie lovers. It eventually spawned three sequels, The Toxic Avenger Part II, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. “Toxie” later headlined his own Marvel Comics series, children’s cartoon, and 2008 stage musical.
Troma Entertainment’s Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, who co-directed the first three films in the original series, will produce the reboot. Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee the production for Legendary.
The Toxic Avenger is still without a release date. Do you think Macon Blair is a good choice to write and direct the reboot? Who would you cast to play the title character? Let us know in the comment section below!