Updated December 31: 2019 couldn't conclude without one more check on the status of a sequel to Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix's monster box office smash Joker.
Phillips was asked about the film and a possible sequel while on stage at speaking at Deadline’s recent The Contenders New York award-season event, and according to the online Hollywood trade, the film's director and co-writer "surprisingly" didn't shut down talk of a follow-up, though he established some pretty significant standards it would have to meet.
“When a movie does $1 billion and cost $60 million to make, of course it comes up,” he reportedly responded laughing. “But Joaquin and I haven’t really decided on it. We’re open. I mean, I’d love to work with him on anything, quite frankly. So who knows? But it would have to have a real thematic resonance the way this one did, ultimately being about childhood trauma and the lack of love, and the loss of empathy. All those things are really what made this movie work for us, so we’d have to have something that had an equal thematic resonance.”
Original story published December 9: Variety is compiling reaction to Monday morning's Golden Globes nominations from the nominees themselves, and Todd Phillips, Best Director - Motion Picture nominee for Joaquin Phoenix's Joker responded and gave fans an update on a possible sequel to the unexpected mega-hit.
“When I first pitched this movie to Warner Bros., I never thought about nominations or grosses. I was just thinking how we would push this through to achieve a finished product," said Phillips.
"As for why audiences were drawn to the film, it was a combination of things: obviously Joaquin and his performance, it was so immersive and he really dove into what he was doing. I used to joke with the DP during the shoot that rather than some massive visual effects, Joaquin was that special effect for us. Before we started shooting, I really knew how invested he was in this role and knew we possibly had something very special ahead of us."
Phillips concluded by adding this update.
"As for a sequel, it’s way too early [to tell]. I swear I haven’t even talked to Joaquin about that yet or what that would even be.”