Director Todd Phillips to reteam with Joaquin Phoenix on 'Joker' follow-up: report

Following the global box office success of the DC Comics origin film, Joker (2019), Todd Phillips‘ is “in talks” to reunite with Warner Bros. Pictures to co-write and direct a sequel.

After only 6 weeks, the critically-acclaimed psychological thriller earned more than US$1 billion worldwide, prompting Phillips, 48, to pay a visit to Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich about future film opportunities with the much-beloved comic book publishing giant.

Philips reportedly pitched a number of other DC origin films before coming to an agreement with Emmerich on a Joker sequel, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

'Joker': (L-R) Joaquin Phoenix, and director Todd Phillips, on-set, in 2019.

'Joker': (L-R) Joaquin Phoenix, and director Todd Phillips, on-set, in 2019.

Niko Tavernise / Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection

Though it’s unclear if the director garnered the rights to any other comic book heroes or villains, it’s been reported that Phillips will be joined once again by Joker co-writer Scott Silver to pen a script for the potential project.

Joaquin Phoenix‘s portrayal of the the mentally unsound Arthur Fleck /Joker character earned him an eight-minute standing ovation at the Joker premiere at the annual Italian film festival earlier this year.

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The “astounding” performance has also garnered a mass wave of Oscar buzz for Phoenix.

Though it has not yet been confirmed, the 44-year-old actor is expected to reprise his role as Batman’s sinister arch-nemesis in Phillips’ sequel.

Global News has reached out to Warner Bros. Pictures seeking confirmation.

Watch the final trailer for Joker in the video above.

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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