Deadline reports news of a sequel to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker may be premature as there are currently no deals with director Todd Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver.
Earlier today, it was reported that a sequel to Joker was being developed with director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix set to return. The original report also claimed that Todd Phillips met with Warner Bros film chief Toby Emmerich on October 7 to propose the development of a portfolio of DC character origin stories.
However, Deadline reports that multiple sources have said no such October 7 meeting occurred and that Todd Phillips has not considered overseeing other DC character films. According to the outlet, those sources have also stated that while a sequel to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is “an obvious likely eventuality” due to the film’s record-breaking box office success, Todd Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver have no deals for a second movie and have not even entered negotiations for such a project.
Deadline’s report concludes by noting that sources say Todd Phillips and Scott Silver have not made any moves to continue the story of Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck or have they moved to make a deal for a Joker sequel at this point.
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Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fracturedsociety. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker is now playing in theaters!