He is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Cohen & Gardner.” />
Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.
“The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the sequels “The Toxic Avenger Part II,” “The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie,” and “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.” The property also became a stage musical production, a children’s cartoon TV series, and a Marvel comic.
Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary's reboot of the cult classic "The Toxic Avenger," sources tell Variety.
Blair, who spent the first half the decade in front of the camera in films like "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room," recently moved behind the lens starting with his directorial debut, " I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore." It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize following rave reviews. He also starred and co-wrote "Small Crimes" and wrote Jeremy Saulnier's "Hold the Dark."

"It follows individuals who are not traditional heroes, who don't have control over what surrounds them and are on a journey to find answers. "The themes weaved in 'Sunset' are dear to Nemes," said Playtime co-founder Nicolas Brigaud-Robert. In 'Son of Saul,' the main character is facing the absurdity and the horror of the Shoah, and in 'Sunset,' Irisz Leiter witnesses the chaos of Budapest and downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire."” />
Negotiated by Playtime, the deal re-teams Nemes with Sony Pictures Classics, which acquired "Son of Saul" in 2015 at Cannes, where the movie won the Grand Jury Prize, and championed it through the awards season. "Son of Saul" ended up winning the foreign-language Oscar and a Golden Globe, as well as a BAFTA and other awards, and established Nemes as a major new voice. Sony Pictures will distribute "Sunset" in North America and Australia.
Leiter is suddenly confronted with her past and starts searching for answers about her family before stumbling upon dark secrets. "Sunset," which is produced by Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna of Hungarian banner Laokoon Filmgroup ("Son of Saul"), is set right before World War I and follows 20-year-old Irisz Leiter, who arrives in dazzling Budapest to work in her late parents' legendary hat store.
Also a co-producer, Playtime has sold the film to France (Ad Vitam), Germany (MFA), Spain (Avalon), Greece (Filmtrade), U.K. Mozinet will release the film in Hungary, where the story is set. (Curzon), Italy (Movie Inspired), Japan (Fine Films), and Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia (California Filmes). The Hungarian Film Fund also co-produced "Sunset."
Sony Pictures Classics and a raft of distributors worldwide have picked up Laszlo Nemes' "Sunset," the widely anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning Holocaust drama, "Son of Saul." The film is world premiering in competition at the Venice Film Festival on Monday and will go on to play at the Toronto and New York film festivals.
Other deals were signed for Benelux (Cineart), Austria (Thimfilm Filmverleih), China (Film Archive), CIS (Russian World Vision), Israel (Lev Cinemas), Portugal (Midas), Taiwan (Flash Forward Entertainment), Romania (Voodoo Films), Norway (Tour de Force), Finland (Future Film) and Iceland (Bio Paradis).