Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writers of Warner Bros. in development Joker and Harley Quinn film, say that they're bringing their unique sensibilities as the writers of both Bad Santa and This Is Us to the project.
“It is great. The whole thing starts with Harley kidnapping Dr Phil. Played by Dr Phil hopefully. Because her and the Joker are having problems with their relationship,” Ficarra told the New York Metro. “We had so much fun, I don’t know if we have had more fun writing a script in our career.”
“It was sort of like, we wrote Bad Santa a couple of years ago, and it was that sensibility mixed with our This Is Us sensibility. We kind of meshed them together," he continued. “We were doing a relationship movie but with the sensibility of a Bad Santa, f---ed up, mentally deranged people. It was a lot of fun.”
As for when the film, which would feature Suicide Squad actors Jared Leto and Margot Robbie resuming their roles as Joker and Harley, would actually be made, the pair say they don't know.
“I don’t know where it is on the queue of DC movies,” Requa explained.
“We handed the script in and everybody loved it, but I don’t know when they are going to do it,” Ficarra added.
And it seems their may be two big roadblocks in the way of the film - a pair of separate Joker and Harley movies in the works.
“I know that they want to do Birds Of Prey and they want to do Todd’s Joker film first," said Ficarra. "Maybe if Birds Of Prey goes well ours will be next.”
Director Todd Phillips' Joker solo film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, is currently in production for a planned October 4, 2019 theatrical release. The Birds of Prey film, in which Harley is a lead, is reportedly in the process of finding its cast.