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Development: Toxic Avenger goes mainstream; Carmen Sandiego finds a premiere date; Alice Sola Kim short story acquired

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Dec 10, 2018, 8:00 PM EST

Troma's flagship hero is on deck for a big-budget makeover, Netflix's Carmen Sandiego series finds a premiere date, and Fox 2000 wins the bidding war for Alice Sola Kim's short story Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying in our latest development roundup.

First up, The Toxic Avenger will be getting a big-budget, mainstream movie courtesy of Legendary. The Hollywood Reporter has word that the studio acquired the rights to the mutant superhero. The character first appeared in his self-titled Troma outing in 1984, which told the story of a lowly janitor named Melvin who falls into a vat of toxic waste and re-emerges as a champion for good. 

It went on to become Troma's most successful film, and Toxie himself ended up as the schlock-house studio's mascot. Since then, the mop-wielding mutant has parlayed his cult status into three sequels, Part II and Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, both released in 1989, and Citizen Toxie in 2000. Not to mention comic book series, a kid's cartoon show, and a toy line. There was talk of a more grounded live-action remake a couple of years ago, though this appears to be an all-new approach. 

Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who directed the original, will produce the film. At this point, no writers or directors have been named. 

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Next up, Netflix announced that the animated Carmen Sandiego series will premiere on January 18th. Annihilation's Gina Rodriguez will voice the eponymous criminal in the 20-episode series. All episodes will be able to stream at the same time, per typical Netflix style, and will serve as a prequel for their upcoming live-action Carmen Sandiego movie, also starring Rodgriguez in the title role. 

The franchise was started back in 1985 with the "edutainment" computer game Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Players were given clues to track down the globe-trotting villain, and had to use their knowledge of geography to find her. The game later taught about language, culture, and history in various incarnations. It's also spawned a Peabody-winning game show on PBS, an animated series, a comic book series, and more. 

The live-action film is also expected to premiere sometime in 2019. In the meantime, Entertainment Weekly got a look a first look at some stills from the series. 

(h/t The Wrap)

Finally, Fox 2000 and 21 Laps have won the rights to the short story Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying, per a report from Deadline. The horror short, written by Alice Sola Kim, was published in Tin House Magazine in October. 

It centers on three girls who were born in South Korea, but live with adopted families in America. As they continue to grow weary of their suburban life, they find out they can conjure their "mother's" spirit. While the three are excited about it at first (who wouldn't be?), it soon becomes apparent that this particular spirit might not have the best mothering instincts. 

The deal was reportedly closed just before studios largely pack up for the holiday season. No other details are available at the moment. 

(via Deadline)