Troma Entertainment's The Toxic Avenger has been on a road to getting rebooted. There have been people trying to get the film into production since 2010. The last we heard, Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon was attached to direct it from a script written by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine). Now, according to Deadline, Legendary Entertainment has acquired feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger, and the directors of the original 1984 film Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers on the new film. There’s no word on if Vernon or Pink are still involved though. The original film told the story of a bullied janitor who becomes a mutant superhero after falling into a vat of toxic waste and transforms into a radioactive hero, who stands up to bullies and corruption with irreverent zeal. Over the years, there were reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered a role in the film back 2013. John Travolta was even rumored to be up for a … [Read more...] about THE TOXIC AVENGER Will Be Rebooted By Legendary Pictures
Legendary Pictures is set to develop a live-action feature film version of the Japanese manga and hit anime series My Hero Academia. The property was created by Kohei Horikoshi and published by Shueisha and it actually has a pretty awesome concept! I haven’t read the manga, but I’ve been watching the anime on Netflix. My Hero Academia is set in a world in which 80% of humanity has developed some sort of special powers, known as quirks — not all of them super, and not all used for good. The story itself focuses on a young boy who obsessively follows the new heroes while having no abilities of his own. It’s going to be really interesting to see how this adaptation is handled. This is such a fun story that is set in a wild and cool universe. There’s so much stuff to play with and I honestly would rather see a big budget live-action series than a big budget two-hour film. But, if the film manages to capture the awesomeness of the series, that would be great! … [Read more...] about MY HERO ACADEMIA is Getting a Live-Action Adaptation By Legendary Pictures
As we were all expecting, Legendary Pictures is reportedly getting ready to leave its distribution and co-financing deal with Universal Pictures and is headed back to Warner Bros. I always thought it was interesting that Legendary seemed to keep one foot in over at WB after they left them for Universal. Not long after they left WB, they moved Kong: Skull Island from Universal Pictures to WB because they wanted to keep the giant franchises under the same distributor. Then later on after releasing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Skyscraper under the Universal distribution deal, they moved Detective Pikachu to WB as well. Things obviously just didn't work out the way they were hoping they would when Legendary moved to Universal. In the end, none of their plans paid off. The news of the move comes from Variety, but a new deal has yet to be signed. As of right now, the two studios are negotiating the terms and they are expected to come to an agreement shortly. The report … [Read more...] about Legendary Pictures is Leaving Universal Pictures and Going Back To Warner Bros.
Legendary Pictures developing supervillain heist movie Get ready for a new twist on the superhero movie. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Legendary Pictures has picked up an untitled superhero heist movie from Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin, the duo behind the Irish revenge thriller Bad Day for the Cut. The superhero film has yet to be named, but the trade describes the plot as “being a subversion on the superhero genre in which a group of career criminals stage a heist on the lair of a superhero and must escape with their lives when everything goes wrong.” As they did with Bad Day, Baugh will direct the picture and co-produce alongside Mullin. Bad Day for the Cut premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and earned stellar reviews. Described as “a witty and ultra-violent thriller,” Bad Day for the Cut sees a mild-mannered farmer sets off on a bloody quest for vengeance after his elderly mother is murdered. As he tracks her killers … [Read more...] about Legendary Pictures Developing Supervillain Heist Movie
Lakeith Stanfield to star in Prince Of Cats adaptation for Legendary According to Deadline, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to the graphic novel Prince of Cats and has tapped actor Lakeith Stanfield to star. Legendary aims to turn the film into a star vehicle for Stanfield. The actor can currently be seen in Boots Riley’s workplace satire Sorry To Bother You, as well as Donald Glover’s FX series Atlanta. RELATED: They Hear It: Legendary Secures Rights to Horror Short Producer and writer Selwyn Sefyu Hinds will be adapting Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel, a stylized re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The story is told from Tybalt’s perspective, he and his fellow Capulets navigate Brooklyn’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s, a world filled with music and swordfights with their Montague rivals. Initially published by DC’s Vertigo imprint, Prince of Cats is currently published by … [Read more...] about Lakeith Stanfield To Star in Prince Of Cats for Legendary Pictures