Filmmaker Todd Phillips' R-rated Joker made records as it did not slow down and joined the billion-dollar club at the worldwide box-office. The superhero film starring Joaquin Phoenix generated profits of $600 million for Warners and partners Village Roadshow and Bron. The two partners each have a 25 percent stake in the film, reported a Hollywood website.
And now, the director is likely to reteam with star Joaquin on a follow-up story to the superhit film. Todd headed into Warner Bros in the first week of October and that is when reports started doing the rounds on the Internet. Sources told a Hollywood website that he proposed an outsized idea — the rights to develop a portfolio of DC characters' origin stories.
Todd is said to write the screenplay to the sequel along with co-writer Scott Silver, with whom he worked on the original script, sources added. The initial box office numbers scored by Joker were enough for Warner Bros to agree to Phillips’s request to direct another DC Comics origins story – tipped to be Lex Luthor. Batman is already being shot by Matt Reeves, with Robert Pattinson in the lead.
Warners has sequel options in place for Joker star Joaquin Phoenix, who has emerged as a strong contender in the Oscar best actor race. No official statement, however, has come from the director, the studio or the actor.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)