Todd Philips produced Joker was initially meant as a single but now there have been rumblings of a sequel. 2019’s Joker is the first R-rated film that grossed over $1 billion and became the sixth highest-grossing film of 2019 during its theatrical run. Though after persistent rumors, there is still no official news about the developments of the controversial smash-hit.
The movie’s producer Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix both have expressed their interest in further exploring the story of Arthur Fleck but remained silent when asked if there has been any progress on the sequel. However, it seems like there has been something going on in the Joker project.
Reliable Source Revealed That The Joker Sequel is ‘Pretty Close’
According to a report provided by Reliable Puck Insider, Matthew Belloni claims that the sequel to the smash-hit Joker is getting “pretty close.” Though this is yet to be revealed whether Philips is almost finished with the script or is preparing to begin production. Though the former might be the case to consider understanding that no official information has been revealed yet.
After achieving great heights by making billions for Warner Bros., the studio would attempt to replicate its success with a sequel.
Will Joker Be Getting A Sequel?
There are no official announcements made for Joker 2 yet but in January 2022, Heroic Hollywood reported that a studio insider had revealed that Warner Bros. has received a draft of the Joker 2 script and is now making plans to begin production sometime in 2023.
In October 2021, the Joker star Joaquin Phoenix himself said, “From when we were shooting, we started to – you know, uhh, this is an interesting guy. There are some things we could do with this guy and could [explore] further. But as to whether we actually will? I don’t know.”
Back in 2019, Phillips stated “the movie’s not set up to have a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.”
However, Phoenix during the same time shared his thoughts while talking to the TV journalist Peter Travers “I can’t stop thinking about it [Joker 2] … if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting.”
As per the information, it’s still unclear what’s the future of the Joker sequel.