“Joker 2” Early Talk As Film Passes A Billion


Throughout production and in interviews before release, filmmaker Todd Phillips was fairly adamant that “Joker” was a one-off and there were no plans to direct a follow-up. It was a sentiment the film’s star Joaquin Phoenix shared, even as both admitted they had enough material to consider the possibility.

Their hardline stance began to thaw when the film’s wild success took off and now Phillips appears to be changing his thinking on coming back. In an interview with The LA Times, he reveals that he’s now open to doing a sequel though there will be very strict conditions beyond just an obvious bigger payday:

“It couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the ‘Clown Prince of Crime’. It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does. Because I think that’s ultimately why the movie connected, it’s what’s going on underneath. So many movies are about the spark, and this is about the powder. If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting.”

The talk comes as the film today hit a major milestone, clearing the $1 billion worldwide gross mark – the first R-rated movie in history to do so. Critics remain divided about the film despite its festival win in Venice and talk of serious awards race consideration.

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