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Peter Dinklage set to star in The Toxic Avenger reboot for Legendary and director Macon Blair

Peter Dinklage has found his next film project even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, starring in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger.

Macon Blair, who made his feature directorial debut with 2017’s I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, is set to write and direct the reboot, via Deadline.

There is no indication when filming may begin, though this reboot has been in the works for quite some time.

New project: Peter Dinklage has found his next film project even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, starring in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger hailed from Troma Studios creators Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who specialized in low-budget horror films.

The original film centered on Melvin (Mark Torgl), the janitor at a health club in fictional Tromaville, New Jersey, who is constantly harassed and ridiculed by customers.

One day he is being chased around the health club and accidentally falls into a vat of toxic waste, which hideously deforms him but also gives him superhuman strength. 

Janitor: The original film centered on Melvin (Mark Torgl), the janitor at a health club in fictional Tromaville, New Jersey, who is constantly harassed and ridiculed by customers

Janitor: The original film centered on Melvin (Mark Torgl), the janitor at a health club in fictional Tromaville, New Jersey, who is constantly harassed and ridiculed by customers

He becomes The Toxic Avenger (Mitch Cohen) and goes on a quest to clean up the streets of Tromaville once and for all.

The film was Troma’s first horror film, with the company having focused on sex comedies up to that point, though due to the success of The Toxic Avengers, Troma almost exclusively made horror films ever since.

The film cost just $500,000 to make, though it was largely ignored upon release, it became a cult classic after a lengthy stay as a midnight movie at Bleecker Street Cinemas in New York City, starting in 1985.

Clean up: He becomes The Toxic Avenger (Mitch Cohen) and goes on a quest to clean up the streets of Tromaville once and for all

Clean up: He becomes The Toxic Avenger (Mitch Cohen) and goes on a quest to clean up the streets of Tromaville once and for all

Horror: The film was Troma's first horror film, with the company having focused on sex comedies up to that point, though due to the success of The Toxic Avengers, Troma almost exclusively made horror films ever since

Horror: The film was Troma’s first horror film, with the company having focused on sex comedies up to that point, though due to the success of The Toxic Avengers, Troma almost exclusively made horror films ever since

Troma ultimately went on to make three film sequels, The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, both released in 1989, and 2000’s Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.

The original film also spawned an animated TV series dubbed The Toxic Crusaders, along with a musical stage adaptation in 2008. 

The reboot was first announced back in April 2010, with a number of writers and directors circling the project including Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party). 

Sequel: Troma ultimately went on to make three film sequels, The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, both released in 1989, and 2000's Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV

Sequel: Troma ultimately went on to make three film sequels, The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, both released in 1989, and 2000’s Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV

Musical: The original film also spawned an animated TV series dubbed The Toxic Crusaders, along with a musical stage adaptation in 2008

Musical: The original film also spawned an animated TV series dubbed The Toxic Crusaders, along with a musical stage adaptation in 2008

Legendary Entertainment won the reboot rights back in December 2018, with Kaufman and Herz both attached as producers, with Macon Blair signing on to write and direct in March 2019.

Dinklage voices Phil Betterman in the new animated sequel  The Croods II: A New Age, and he has a number of projects in the works, such as Cyrano, now filming.

He is also attached to projects such as Hitpig, The Thicket, Brothers, a remake of The Wild Bunch and The Dwarf. 

Reboot: Legendary Entertainment won the reboot rights back in December 2018, with Kaufman and Herz both attached as producers, with Macon Blair signing on to write and direct in March 2019

Reboot: Legendary Entertainment won the reboot rights back in December 2018, with Kaufman and Herz both attached as producers, with Macon Blair signing on to write and direct in March 2019

New projects: Dinklage voices Phil Betterman in the new animated sequel The Croods II: A New Age, and he has a number of projects in the works, such as Cyrano, now filming

New projects: Dinklage voices Phil Betterman in the new animated sequel The Croods II: A New Age, and he has a number of projects in the works, such as Cyrano, now filming

Coming soon: He is also attached to projects such as Hitpig, The Thicket, Brothers, a remake of The Wild Bunch and The Dwarf

Coming soon: He is also attached to projects such as Hitpig, The Thicket, Brothers, a remake of The Wild Bunch and The Dwarf


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