Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

New Joker Origin Movie Starring Joaquin Phoenix Is Officially Happening

New Joker Origin Movie Starring Joaquin Phoenix Is Officially Happening

The film has been in development for some time, with Phoenix reportedly in talks for months.

A new Joker origin story movie starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role is officially happening, with production to begin this September, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The director attached to the project, Todd Phillips, may come as a surprise, having most famously helmed the Hangover Trilogy and co-written the Borat movie along with Sacha Baron Cohen.

The budget for the film is also in the $55 million range, which is significantly lower than the usual blockbuster superhero flick - so could we about to see a more restrained, dare we say, "real" interpretation of The Joker?


"I don't know... it could be an interesting character". I don't really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker.

Are you excited to see what Phoenix brings to the Joker?

The standalone "Joker" feature will fall under a yet-to-be-announced banner of DC Comics, which gives the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the iconic comic-book characters with unique story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe.

For fans wondering about Jared Leto, who most recently played the famed villain in "Suicide Squad", Variety reports that the Oscar-winner will be back for the "Suicide Squad" sequel, as well as a separate standalone project that will be developed by Warner Bros.

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