Looks like Toxie is gonna have a bloody good time with that mop.
The upcoming remake of the 1984 cult classic The Toxic Avenger has earned an R rating (to the delight–most likely–of horror fans everywhere) for some seriously hard-core elements, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The reboot was slapped with that rating–which matches the original–due to its “strong violence and gore, language throughout, sexual references and brief graphic nudity.” Hopefully not all in the same scene.
This remake of the Troma Entertainment entry–which still does not yet have a release window–will be set in modern times, but will pay homage to the original, according to writer/director Macon Blair.
The film–which wrapped production last year–stars Peter Dinklage in the title role, Kevin Bacon as the obligatory villain, Jacob Tremblay as Toxie’s son, Taylour Paige as 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 Toxic Avenger tells the familiar story of Winston, a hapless janitor who tumbles into a vat of toxic waste and is transformed into “a monster who sets out to do good and to get back at the people who have wronged him.” Sounds like a full life.
The original film–directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman from a screenplay by Kaufman and Joe Ritter–earned just $800,000 on a $500,000 budget, but transformed (much like Toxie) into a cult favorite that spawned three sequels, an animated TV show and a comic book series.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on this reimagining of The Toxic Avenger.