Joker sequel 'in the works' after film made a billion dollars

Joker sequel ‘in the works’ after film made a billion dollars… as it’s revealed director Todd Phillips will make about $100M because he didn’t take a salary

A sequel to the wildly successful Joker film is in the works after the movie made a billion dollars at the box office.    

Director Todd Phillips is in talks to return to helm the film, while Warner Brothers already has sequel options set for star Joaquin Phoenix, according to The Hollywood Reporter

It was also revealed in the report that Todd will make around $100 million dollars because he did not take an upfront salary, rather opting for a portion of the film’s adjusted gross. 

Put on a happy face: A sequel to the wildly successful Joker film is in the works after the film made a billion dollars at the box office

Put on a happy face: A sequel to the wildly successful Joker film is in the works after the film made a billion dollars at the box office

It all started last month, when Todd proposed to develop a portfolio of DC characters’ origin stories during a meeting with Warner Brothers Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich, according to the report

Toby reportedly balked at the pitch, but Todd did leave with the rights to ‘at least’ one other DC story.   

Fast forward a month later, a sequel is now in the works after the film became the first R-rated movie to make a billion dollars at the box office. 

The film is based on the comic book villain Joker, who eventually goes on to becomes Batman’s nemesis in the DC universe. 

Back for more: Director Todd Phillips with Joker star Joaquin Phoenix

Back for more: Director Todd Phillips with Joker star Joaquin Phoenix 

The plot thickens: As far as the screenplay, Todd and Scott Silver will return to write the sequel

The plot thickens: As far as the screenplay, Todd and Scott Silver will return to write the sequel

As far as the screenplay, Todd and Scott Silver will return to write the sequel.    

Joker was a hit right from the start, making $96.2 million during it’s opening weekend in early October. 

And last week it made headlines after garnering a billion dollars at the box office.  

This isn’t the first time talks of a Joker sequel have emerged.  

Jackpot: It was also revealed in the report that director Todd will make around $100 million dollars because he did not take an upfront salary, rather opting for a portion of the film's adjusted gross

Jackpot: It was also revealed in the report that director Todd will make around $100 million dollars because he did not take an upfront salary, rather opting for a portion of the film’s adjusted gross

Intrigued by the depth of the plot, Joaquin previously expressed interest in reprising his role.   

‘I wouldn’t just do a sequel just because the first movie is successful. That’s ridiculous,’ Joaquin told the Los Angeles Times.

‘In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, “Todd [Phillips], can you start working on a sequel? There’s way too much to explore.” It was kind of in jest – but not really.’ 

Box office hit: Joker was a hit right from the start, making $96.2 million during it's opening weekend in early October

Box office hit: Joker was a hit right from the start, making $96.2 million during it’s opening weekend in early October

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