'Sausage Party' Co-Director Taking on 'The Toxic Avenger'

Conrad Vernon will direct a live-action reimagining of the classic schlock film.
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'The Toxic Avenger' (1984); Conrad Vernon (inset)

Director Conrad Vernon is taking a beloved B-movie back to the big screen.

Vernon will helm The Toxic Avenger, the story of a New Jersey teenager whose accidental tumble into a vat of toxic waste turns him into a mutant superhero. The movie will be a reimagining of the 1984 cult film from franchise creators Troma Films.

Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, whose credits include TV's Archer and the upcoming Steve Pink-directed feature The Grackle, will rewrite the screenplay by Pink and D.C. Mitchell.

Richard Saperstein's Storyscape Entertainment, Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road and Charlie Corwin will produce, while Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma will executive produce, along with Bob Cooper, Alex Schwartz and Greg Lessans, as well as Shara Kay, Armen Aghaeian, Steve Kessler, Holly Kobzina, Dave Mendez, Edward Mokhtarian, Geno Tazioli, Pink and Mike Wilkins.

Vernon recently co-directed Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's R-rated CG-animated Sausage Party, a pic about an anthropomorphic hot dog having an existential crisis. The movie has grossed more than $100 million at the international box office but has come under criticism after animators working at Canada-based Nitrogen Studios complained about working conditions and lack of overtime pay during the film's production.

Vernon's other credits include the animated films Shrek 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens. The Toxic Avenger will be his first major foray into the live-action realm.

Vernon is repped by UTA, Mosaic and Todd Stern. Arnold and Poole are repped by UTA, Principato-Young and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson.

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