As Joker rakes in money across the world, Hollywood is, of course, already thinking about a sequel. But the director himself has reported that it’s just not that serious.
Reports are swirling that Joker director Todd Phillips asked Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich for the rights to develop “a portfolio of DC characters’ origin stories.” Early rumors said that Phillips marched into the office, emboldened by his latest film’s success.
However, Phillips has since come forward to debunk any grandiose visions of his work temperament. Just because he wrote the Joker doesn’t mean he acts like a clown.
“I can honestly say to you there was no meeting that ever happened on October 7 where I marched in,” Phillips said. “First of all, if you know me and my career, that’s not my style.”
He continued, “I’ve been at Warner’s for 15, 16 years. We have two things in development at all times–not 40 things like some people. I’m not the kind of guy who goes marching in saying, ‘I want these 40 titles.’ I just don’t have the energy.”
Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character. So far, the film has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, claiming its spot as the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
“Well, a movie doesn’t make a billion dollars and they don’t talk about a sequel,” Phillips said. As the director of The Hangover trilogy, Phillips certainly knows a bit about sequels.
“Joaquin and I have publicly said we’ve been talking about a sequel since week two of shooting because it’s a fun thing to talk about. But [the rumors] were just frankly untrue,” he said, referring to the early reports about his dramatic Warner Bros. meeting.
Phillips may not have kicked down the door of Warner Bros. studios and demanded the rights to tell more chillingly dark stories with their characters, but this is real life, not a movie.
The film has been met with mostly positive critical acclaim, and the director and the star have discussed a sequel. Plus, they’ve made unbelievable amounts of money so far. All signs point to yes: We will be seeing more of the Joker.