With a massive worldwide box office take of $1.018 billion and a budget of just $60 million, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. Pictures looks to be moving forward with a Joker sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Todd Phillips will return and the studio has sequel options on Joker star Joaquin Phoenix.
The trade says that on October 7th, Phillips met with Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich and proposed an idea – the rights to develop a portfolio of DC characters’ origin stories. He didn’t get the full deal, but the filmmaker did get the green light for a Joker sequel and possibly one or two other origin stories. They add that Phillips will write the sequel script with Scott Silver, the duo who penned the Joker screenplay.
Joker has earned $322.7 million in North America and $696 million at the international box office.
Joker stars Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and it is directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips. The plot centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Castle Rock), Brett Cullen (42, Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Billions, Barry), Douglas Hodge (Red Sparrow, Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (Maron, Glow), Josh Pais (upcoming Motherless Brooklyn, Going in Style), and Shea Whigham (upcoming First Man, Kong: Skull Island).
The film was produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Michael Uslan, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.