Joaquin Phoenix, the titular star of the 2019 hit film, Joker, had received widespread acclaim for his portrayal of DC villain, The Joker. The actor was even awarded an Oscar for his performance. The critically acclaimed movie raked in millions of dollars at the box-office. It appears, director Todd Phillips is all set for round 2.
Phillips has confirmed that sequel to “Joker” is in the works. His Instagram post also revealed that Joaquin Phoenix, the titular star of the 2019 hit, was returning for the role. He unveiled the cover of the script, written by him and Scott Silver, with the title “Joker: Folie a Deux.”
In the same post, Phillips included a shot of star Joaquin Phoenix reading the screenplay. There is no official confirmation from Warner Bros for the moment, but given the popularity of the original film, a sequel looked inevitable. Phillips’ original “Joker” film reframed the iconic Batman villain into an anti-hero character study about a struggling comedian and part-time clown performer named Arthur Fleck, who becomes a folk hero in Gotham City after he lashes out in acts of shocking violence.
The film was a massive global blockbuster as it grossed over $1 billion worldwide. It earned 12 Oscar nominations, including for best picture, best director for Phillips, and best adapted screenplay for Phillips and Silver. Phoenix won the Oscar for best actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir won for best original score.
Soon after the film’s debut in 2019, Phillips and Silver met with then-Warner Bros. film chief Toby Emmerich about a possible sequel. While Phillips did not share any plot details about the new “Joker” movie in his Instagram post, the title does offer some intriguing implications. Translated literally as “shared madness,” folie à deux is a layman’s term for shared delusional disorder. You can check out his post below.
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