Joaquin Phoenix is teaming up with Todd Phillips to tell the Joker’s origin tale in a standalone feature that is set to hit theaters on October 4, 2019, Warner Bros. officially announced on Wednesday.
This new Joker project is said to have a budget of $55 million, a figure that’s much smaller than most of today’s comic book movies. Warner Bros. is looking to begin production this September.
The studio is looking to tap into Scorsese classics such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, with the film set in a gritty and grounded 1980s Gotham City. Phillips is attached to direct the standalone piece, which is said to be separate from the DC Extended Universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines to expand the canon.
In addition to directing, Phillips is also writing the script with Scott Silver, the man behind the 2002 drama film 8 Mile starring Eminem. Here’s how the the studio is describing the project:
“Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
The Joker movie is expected to remain separate from the main cinematic universe, but Warner Bros. has quite a few other DC projects on the horizon. Aquaman is up first, hitting theaters on December 21, 2018, followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019. There’s also Wonder Woman 1984, which is slated for a November 1, 2019 release. The studio’s San Diego Comic-Con panel takes place this Saturday.
Keep an eye on Heroic Hollywood as more details on the Todd Phillips Joker project come out.
10 Things To Expect From San Diego Comic-Con 2018
It’s finally summer, which means San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is just around the block! The biggest pop-culture event of the year, all of the biggest names in comics, movies and television will come together at the San Diego Convention Center and share their plans with their biggest fans. Hundreds of people will be dressed as their favorite characters as they search through back-issue bins, look at exclusive prints and talk with their fellow nerds.
Marvel Studios won’t be showcasing any upcoming movies in Hall H this year, but there are still a lot of exciting things to look forward to. Dozens of new comics will be teased by the major publishers. Movies will be announced and secret cast members will be revealed.
Hit Next to learn more about 10 exciting things you should expect to see at San Diego Comic-Con 2018!