Apparently, Todd Phillips is back to help write the script for Joker 2! That is huge news considering how successful the first Joker film was. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Clown Prince Of Crime!
The film made waves when it was first released! People either loved or hated the way it portrayed Arthur as a mentally ill loner. Some people even tried to use it to justify the Joker’s actions in the films.
What’s really unexpected is how this news came out. It came from a new feature on “Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys”. One of those lawyers is Warren Dern, from law firm Sloane Offer Weber & Dern. Their clients include Zack Snyder, Amy Poehler, and (obviously) Todd Phillips.
THR mentioned a few of the deals Dern scored recently, which includes “Todd Phillips struck a deal to co-write the next Joker installment,”. You shouldn’t get TOO excited though, they’ve already been called out for announcing Joker 2 a little too early.
Joker grossed over a billion dollars on a reportedly small budget. The film ended up with major critical and audience acclaim, including two Oscars and two Golden Globes (Best Actor awards for Phoenix, Best Original Score awards for composer Hildur Guðnadóttir).
For a long while, we’ve been led to believe there might not be a Joker 2. Ironically it was Phillips who kept our hopes alive by teasing that he did have ideas for a sequel.
“Here’s the real truth about 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…?’ 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.
He also told Deadline this about Joker 2,
“When a movie does $1 billion and cost $60 million to make, of course, it comes up. 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.”
Here’s hoping Joker 2 is real!
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