A remake of Troma’s ultra low budget but often tastelessly funny superhero comedy The Toxic Avenger has been mooted for some tine, and I believe that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to star in it at one point. Anyway, a while ago came the news that the project was definitely happening from Legendary Pictures, and now we learn that Peter Dinklage of Game Of Thrones fame is going to star. ‘Deadline’ doesn’t actually specify whether he’s playing Toxie; he could be playing the villain instead, though most seem to have assumed that he will indeed be playing the hero.
The new film will be a “contemporary reimagining” that will be “steeped in environmental themes and subverts the superhero genre in the vein of Deadpool. When a struggling everyman is pushed into a vat of toxic waste, he is transformed into 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.”
As I’m one of the few who could barely stand Deadpool I can’t say I’m enthused, but hopefully they will keep it ‘R’-rated at least. Macon Blair will direct.