“Joker” director Todd Phillips isn’t lying down on the success of the film, in fact a new report at Heat Vision indicates the filmmaker has been nearly two months in the works on something even more ambitious than just a potential sequel.
The trade says in the week after the film had an explosive $96.2 million opening-weekend haul in early October, Phillips met with Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich and proposed a big idea – he wanted the rights to develop a portfolio of origin story films for various DC characters. Emmerich balked and Phillips didn’t get his deal, but reportedly he did emerge from the meeting with the rights to at least one other DC story (unknown at this time).
With the R-rated “Joker” now crossing the $1 billion mark, a sequel is officially on the way with Phillips in talks to reprise his role as director and to again co-write the follow-up with Scott Silver. Warners already has sequel options in place for star Joaquin Phoenix so he’s definitely returning as well.
Phillips will earn close to $100 million for his success with “Joker” which is almost assured of generating profits of more than $500 million.