Actor/writer/director Macon Blair, best known for his roles in Blue Ruin and Green Room, has been tapped to direct Legendary's Toxic Avenger reboot, according to Variety.
Blair's directorial debut, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Previous to his film work, Blair cut his teeth in comic books in the late 00s with the Oni Press OGN Hellcity, and shorts in Avengers Classic, Wolverine: Firebreak, and Fear Agent. His OGN Long Road to Liquor City (with artist Joe Flood) was recently published by Oni.
The Toxic Avenger tells the story of Melvin Junko (or Melvin Ferd III in the original film), a scrawny janitor who becomes a violent mutant folk hero after being doused in chemicals in Tromaville, the "Toxic Waste Capital of America."
Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman, who co-created the original Toxic Avenger film, will serve as a producer on the reboot. The original is now considered a cult classic that spawned multiple sequels and even a kid-friendly cartoon version with accompanying toyline and a Marvel Comics adaptation at its height in the early 1990s.
No projected release date for The Toxic Avenger has been reported.