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Director Todd Phillips Has Signed On To Co-Write Joker 2

Stewart Perrie

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Director Todd Phillips Has Signed On To Co-Write Joker 2

Todd Phillips is reportedly getting the highly anticipated sequel to Joker off the ground.

An article in The Hollywood Reporter on the most powerful lawyers in Tinseltown revealed that the follow-up to the Academy Award winning film is apparently definitely in the works.

It added that Phillips, who was director of the first film, has been brought on to co-write the script for the sequel.

While it's one of the biggest mentions that a sequel is indeed in development, there hasn't been an official confirmation from Warner Bros. that it's going ahead.

ComicBook.com notes that back in 2019 an announcement was made that we were getting a sequel and then it was quickly retracted. So, we'll have to wait and see.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Two years ago, Phillips reflected on his love for the Joker universe as well as his wish to see more films made under the right circumstances.

In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Phillips said: "It couldn't just be this wild and crazy movie about the Clown Prince of Crime.

"It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that Joker does. Because I think that's ultimately why the movie connected, it's what's going on underneath.

"So many movies are about the spark and this is about the powder. If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting."

The star of the film, Joaquin Phoenix, has also highlighted his intention to keep the good times rolling.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

In an interview - also with Los Angeles Times - he said: "Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels.

"In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, 'Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There's way too much to explore'. It was kind of in jest - but not really."

However, he clarified: "I wouldn't just do a sequel just because the first movie is successful. That's ridiculous.

"I guess the fear was that you'd get locked into doing something repeatedly that you don't really care about, that doesn't motivate you or excite you,

"Part of the whole attraction to me [of Joker] was there was no expectation. I didn't sign a deal to do [more movies]. It was a one-off."

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Joker

Stewart Perrie
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