Joaquin Phoenix Joker Movie Is Happening

Bessie Dean
July 12, 2018

From a screenplay by Scott Silver (The Finest Hours) and Todd Phillips (The Hangover), Phillips will begin directing this picture in September, on location in NY.

Warner Bros has confirmed Joker's stand-alone film starring award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is in the works.

Joaquin Phoenix's new Joker picture will present the "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale", in a reported movie premise obtained by Vulture. The stand-alone film will exist in a separate universe from Suicide Squad and Justice League.

Scott Silver will join Phillips as a co-writer on the film, which will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joaquin will begin shooting the movie in NY in September.

The currently-untitled film will have Todd Phillips at the helm, and will be executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The film is expected to begin shooting in September with a relatively low budget of $55 million. Whether Warner Bros will risk an R-rating too remains to be seen. Jared Leto is still set to reprise his role as the Clown Prince of Crime and even has his own solo Joker movie in development.

Warner Bros. has also not yet announced a release date, but THR says there's a chance the film could be ready for release as soon as late 2019.

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