Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix Are Open for a 'Joker' Sequel (UPDATE)

The director even discloses themes he’d like to explore.

By
Entertainment
36,366 Hypes 32 Comments

UPDATE: During Deadline’s recent The Contenders New York award-season event, Joker director Todd Phillips said he was willing to create a sequel to the acclaimed film alongside star Joaquin Phoenix.

“When a movie does $1 billion and cost $60 million to make, of course it comes up,” he laughed. “But Joaquin and I haven’t really decided on it. We’re open. I mean, I’d love to work with him on anything, quite frankly. So who knows? But it would have to have a real thematic resonance the way this one did, ultimately being about childhood trauma and the lack of love, and the loss of empathy. All those things are really what made this movie work for us, so we’d have to have something that had an equal thematic resonance.”

This comes after reports surfaced of Warner Bros. approving a follow-up film, which made Phillips come out and refute the rumors.


ORIGINAL UPDATE (November 22, 2019): Todd Phillips has spoken to IndieWire to clarify rumors surrounding a Joker sequel. The director confirmed that a followup is currently not on the table and that the Hollywood Reporter writer “jumped the gun.”

“I can honestly say to you there was no meeting that ever happened on October 7 where I marched in,” he said. “First of all, if you know me and my career, that’s not my style. I made a huge comedy at Warner Bros., ‘The Hangover,’ and I didn’t suddenly become a comedy factory producer, like, oh, let’s just churn out movies. Bradley [Cooper] and I have a production company at Warners. I’ve been at Warners for 15, 16 years. We have two things in development at all times, not 40 things like some people. I’m not the kind of guy who goes marching in saying I want these 40 titles. I just don’t have the energy.”

Phillips also explained the DC Black initiative, noting that it was pitched to Warner Bros. at the beginning of his Joker journey but was quickly rejected by the studio. “When I pitched them ‘Joker,’ it wasn’t a movie, it was, let’s do a whole label. They shut that down quickly and I get it. Who am I to walk in and start a label at a film studio? But they said, let’s do this one,” he clarified.

While the director reaffirmed that he and Joaquin Phoenix have spoken about a sequel, a contract to write the film hasn’t been drawn up and that he never offered the lead actor to be in a sequel. “While Joaquin and I have talked about it, and while touring the world with Warner Bros executives — going to Toronto, and Venice, and other places — of course, we’re sitting at dinner and they’re saying, ‘So, have you thought about…?’,” he said. “But, talking about contracts, there’s not a contract for us to even write a sequel, we’ve never approached Joaquin to be in a sequel. Will that happen? Again, I just think the article was anticipatory at best.”

UPDATE (November 21, 2019): After news of a Joker sequel spread like wildfire, multiple sources are now claiming that director Todd Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver have not signed a deal, negotiated, or even hold a meeting for a followup to the Joaquin Phoenix movie. Additionally, Phillips is reportedly not interested in developing another DC Comics origin story by Warner Bros. Pictures. Although the director has spoken about a DC Black initiative during the inception of Joker, he decided to focus on Arthur Fleck and nothing from the movie label has come to fruition yet.


ORIGINAL STORY (November 20, 2019): Following its entrance into this year’s billion-dollar club, it is now being reported that a Joker sequel is officially in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Joker director Todd Phillips also received the rights to develop at least one more DC Comics origin story by Warner Bros. Pictures. Although star Joaquin Phoenix and Phillips have yet to make an official comment, Warner executives reportedly have several sequel options in place for Phoenix, who is a strong contender for Best Actor in the Oscar race.

Joker is the fourth DC title to cross $1 billion USD in the box office, behind 2018’s Aquaman ($1.15 billion USD), 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion USD) and 2008’s The Dark Knight ($1 billion USD).

Sources say the director will earn up to $100 million USD after Joker is all said and done at the box office, as he made a deal for a less upfront salary in exchange for a bigger slice of the box office gross. It’s a similar deal he made with the first Hangover film, which earned a surprising $467.5 million USD worldwide on a $35 million USD budget.

In other entertainment news, Christian Bale revealed he turned down a fourth Batman film with respect to Christoper Nolan’s wishes.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

'Final Fantasy VII' Remake Demo Leaked Before Official Release Date
Gaming

'Final Fantasy VII' Remake Demo Leaked Before Official Release Date

There may even be spoilers for the next installment.

Nike SB Takes a Road Trip With SB Dunk Low Pro "Truck It"
Footwear

Nike SB Takes a Road Trip With SB Dunk Low Pro "Truck It"

’70s-style accents offer plenty of open road flair.

adidas Introduces New 4D Run 1.0 Silhouette
Footwear

adidas Introduces New 4D Run 1.0 Silhouette

In a bold “Signal Coral” colorway.


'Avengers: Endgame' Becomes First-Ever Film to Earn $2.8 Billion USD
Entertainment

'Avengers: Endgame' Becomes First-Ever Film to Earn $2.8 Billion USD

Thanks to an update from the official China box office.

Jordan Brand Pays Homage to AJ1 "Chicago" With All-New 85 Racer
Footwear

Jordan Brand Pays Homage to AJ1 "Chicago" With All-New 85 Racer

Featuring transparent panels and a Zoom Air-equipped sole unit.

Volkswagen Says Goodbye to the Beetle in Stirring 'The Last Mile' Film
Automotive

Volkswagen Says Goodbye to the Beetle in Stirring 'The Last Mile' Film

Starring Ren McCormack, Kevin Bacon, Andy Warhol, and Andy Cohen.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.