Filmmaker Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix have confirmed they’re teaming up again for a sequel to their divisive Oscar-winning film Joker.
Joker served as a dark reinterpretation of the original Batman character story, with Joaquin playing aspiring comedian Arthur Fleck, who takes on the villainous clown persona after a series of blows.
On Tuesday evening, the director announced that plans for a sequel film, subtitled Folie À Deux, were officially in motion, posting a photo of the script on his Instagram page.
The same post also featured a photo of Joaquin reading the script, confirming he would be returning to the role for the sequel.
Joker proved hugely popular at the box office, leading the way at the Academy Awards in 2020 with 11 nominations, winning Best Original Score and Best Actor for Joaquin.
It was not without controversy, however, with many criticizing the film’s portrayal of mental illness and gun violence.
The production company behind the film immediately responded to the latest allegations at the time, insisting: “[We believe] that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations about complex issues.
“Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker nor the film is an endorsement of real violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to present this character as a hero.”
As Joaquin gears up to return to the role that earned him his first Oscar, the Joker was recently portrayed by Barry Keoghan in the 2022 film The Batman, in which Robert Pattinson played the Dark Knight.