Todd Phillips has confirmed that a ‘Joker’ sequel is in the works.
The 51-year-old director – who also helmed ‘The Hangover’ trilogy – made the announcement by sharing a black and white photograph of Joaquin Phoenix, 47, reading a script for the sequel to their 2019 blockbuster.
The Instagram photo shows the Oscar-winning actor sitting with a cigarette on a sofa, wearing pinstriped pants, a black t-shirt and sunglasses, while he also shared a photo of the script’s red cover with black letters spelling out “Joker 2: Madness”. together’.
The French expression “Folie à deux” translates to “shared madness” and is used to describe a delirium shared by two close people.
Writer Scott Silver – who penned the Eminem film ‘8 Mile’ – co-wrote the screenplay alongside Phillips.
The first “Joker” movie, released in 2019, was a box office and critical success, grossing over $1 billion on a $55 million budget.
It was the first R-rated film to gross over $1 billion in ticket sales, before being nominated for 11 Oscars.
The father-of-a-Phoenix – who shares son River, one, with his actress wife Rooney Mara, 37 – won Best Actor for his portrayal of the mentally deranged Arthur Fleck, who evolves into the iconic Batman villain at the end of the story, while composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, 39, won the prize for best original score.
Phillips received huge acclaim for the film, but the director previously claimed audiences overlooked one of the film’s central themes.
He explained: “If I had to delve into one overarching theme for me, it would be the power of kindness and a lot of people miss that.
“I think if you don’t see that you don’t have a soul or you’re reductive to make up for your own struggles in this area.
“But, really, for me, that’s where it all started and there are other things in the movie like lack of love, lack of empathy in society and childhood trauma. , but the power of kindness really runs through this movie.”