The Joker origin movie has finally officially been greenlit at Warner Bros.
Joaquin Phoenix finalized his deal to star as the arch-nemesis of Batman and shooting will begin September in New York.
Todd Phillips is directing and co-wrote the script, which the studio describes as being an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.” Scott Silver co-wrote the script.
The studio hasn’t announced a release date for the movie, which goes against the grain of most comic book movies that plant flags years in advance. But the Joker standalone movie is meant to be different from other comic book super hero movies.
The budget is reportedly in the $55 million range, significantly lower than the tentpoles that dominate the form (closer to the budget of the original Deadpool film actually). The standalone is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content (at least as experimental as a studio can be with established brands such as DC), which is described as being akin to a crime drama. The film is rumored to fall under a new banner of DC films that deals with standalone features.
That said, there is a chance that the movie could be ready for a release as early as late 2019, depending on various factors.
Warners has a possible second Joker movie in the works as Jared Leto, who played the character in Suicide Squad, now has his own solo movie project in development.
Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf of Wall Street) is producer on the Joker origin standalone while Richard Baratta is an exec producer. The original report makes no mention of Martin Scorcese, who was rumored to have signed on as an executive producer.
Phoenix, who won a best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 for Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here, stars in Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which opens Friday.
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Source – THR