‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot Will Be “Over The Top”

by Thomas Tuna

Looks like Toxie plans to return with a bang.

Next year’s reimagined The Toxic Avenger–currently in post-production–will take another look at one of the worst ways imaginable to become an avenging super-hero. And star Peter Dinklage thinks it has all come together in a very cool way, according to Empire Magazine.

Dinklage–known best for his standout role on the HBO hit Game of Thrones–will take on the role of the janitor-turned-toxic good guy in the new film that is expected to debut sometime in 2022.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Dinklage said. “I just wanted to do something I’ve never done before. So why not be a monster in an over-the-top, crazy movie?”

The actor also expressed his interest in what he calls “guerrilla filmmaking.” The old-style B-movies–like the 1984 original The Toxic Avenger from Troma Entertainment–were made by people who “did it because they love doing it,” he said. “When you make movies too clean, it can distance the audience. Those Troma films dipped the audience in toxic waste.”

This new film–written and directed by Macon Blair–follows janitor Winston, who is pushed into a vat of toxic waste and becomes a “mutant freak who must go from shunned outcast to underdog hero, as he races to save his son, his friends and his community from the forces of corruption and greed.” Nice work if you can find it…

The Toxic Avenger stars Dinklage, Kevin Bacon as the obligatory villain, Jacob Tremblay as Toxie’s son, Taylour Paige in the female lead, Jonny Coyne as a “shadowy criminal figure and Sarah Niles as a “corrupt city official”. Elijah Wood and Julia Davis round out the ensemble in unannounced roles.

The original film–directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman from a screenplay by Kaufman and Joe Ritter–did not wow critics or audiences, and earned just $800,000 on a budget of $500,000. Still, it managed to attain cult status through the years and spawned three sequels, an animated children’s TV show and comic books.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on The Toxic Avenger.


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