Todd Phillips comments on those JOKER 2 rumours

Joker (Warner Bros.)

All week there has been rumours circulating about the potential for a sequel to Joker.

The tumultuous week began when The Hollywood Reporter claimed that director Todd Phillips had met with Warner Bros. executives on October 7. They claimed that at that meeting Phillips had demanded to take on a plethora of other villains to mastermind a sort-of Black Label movie universe.

THR understood that Phillips left that meeting with an edict to begin work on Joker 2 with Joaquin Phoenix under option to return. It was also said he left that meeting with the rights to “one other character.”

That story was later rebutted by Deadline who called out THR for reporting what they called a “click-bait” story. According to their version of events no meeting had taken place and that no plans for a sequel were in place right now.

The following day Variety decided to get in on the action. In their version of events only “preliminary” talks for a sequel have taken place with no decision made as to story, casting or production schedule.

Now, after all of this talking, Todd Phillips had publicly commented on the rumours and clarified exactly where any potential sequel is (or isn’t!) in process.

Speaking with The Playlist Phillips took the chance to clarify on where things stand: “Yeah that was written about today, and I have to be honest, it came out of nowhere,”said the filmmaker. “It referred to a meeting that was never had. I thought it was anticipatory at best. Obviously, sequels have been discussed when a movie that cost $60 million made $1 billion, but we have not had any serious conversations about it.”

Would you like to see Phillips and Phoenix re-team for a sequel?

Phillips directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver, based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, also starring are Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

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By Neil Vagg

Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & TV and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG