Fans hoping to see more of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker might be out of luck.
Following a report by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday which claimed director Todd Phillips was “in talks” with Warner Bros. for a sequel, new sources say that simply isn’t true. The Wrap reports a supposed meeting between Phillips and Warner Bros. has not taken place and discussions about a sequel are “preliminary at best”.
Now that “Joker” has crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, talk of a sequel seems inevitable, though Phillips has previously stated the movie was intended to be a one-off. If a follow-up were to be green-lit, Phoenix would be expected to return to the role as his contract has sequel options in place.
Last month, in an interview about “Joker” on “Popcorn with Peter Travers”, Phoenix revealed that he and Phillips have discussed potential sequels to the box office hit.
“I wouldn’t have thought of this as my dream role, but now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it,” Phoenix said.
“I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general,” he continued, “just working together, but also specifically, if there’s something else with Joker that might be interesting.”
Asked if he was personally closed off to doing a sequel, the actor responded, “No. Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”
He added, though, that he isn’t sure a sequel will actually happen, telling Travers, “I don’t know that there is (more to do).”