The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Todd Phillips Joker origins movie has officially been greenlit by Warner Bros.
The report confirms Joaquin Phoenix involvement, as he recently finalized a deal to star in the coveted role as the Clown Prince of Crime, according to the report, Phillips will start shooting the film as early as this September in New York.
The movie which was first reported by Variety’s Justin Kroll back in February will fall under the new DC Banner of films, which has been a complete mystery since news first broke that Phoenix was in talks to star in this standalone origins story. The studio describes Phillips Joker film as being an:
“exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
Phoenix has been a fan favorite to play the role, has an incredible career which ranges from Gladiator, Walk The Line, Her, The Master and more. This is not the first time that the actor has been courted by Warner Brothers; it has been reported that he was ones considered to play another villainous role but decided to pass on the Lex Luthor role which ultimately went to Jesse Eisenberg who made his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Phoenix was also linked with the role of Marvel’s Doctor Strange a few years back.
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Legendary filmmaker Martin’s Scorsese has been rumored to produce the film, but THR’s report never mentioned his involvement. Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf of Wall Street) is a producer on the Joker origin standalone, while Richard Baratta is an executive producer.
The film has no release date yet, but its possible we may see Pheonix as Mr. J as early as 2019 if all goes well. Hopefully, we get an update on the project during San Diego Comic-Con later this month.
The budget for the film will be around $55 million, which is significantly lower in comparison to other previous DCEU entries. The film is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content, with it being described by THR as “a crime drama.”