Todd Phillips says yesterday’s Joker sequel reports were false, lays out the facts


Yesterday we reported on Todd Phillips being in talks for a Joker sequel as well as other DC origin stories. As the day progressed, the facts of the The Hollywood Reporter’s story came into question. We updated the post with a report from Deadline that stated that while a sequel may happen, no October 7th pitch meeting occurred.

Today, Phillips cleared the air directly with IndieWire. Phillips stated that no such October pitch meeting took place for a Joker sequel or further DC origin stories. Phillips said that he floated the idea of doing an entire label of darker DC films when he initially pitched Joker, but Warner Bros. put the kibosh on that and opted for just the single film.

Phillips hasn’t ruled out a sequel to Joker, but he clarified that there are no formal talks or anything in the works at the moment. In the IndieWire report, Phillips is quoted as follows:

“Well, a movie doesn’t make a billion dollars and they don’t talk about a sequel,” Phillips said. “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 [THR] article was referring to other things than that that were just frankly untrue.”

As of this writing, The Hollywood Reporter has not issued a retraction or corrected their story.

What if SOCIETY caused The Hollywood Reporter to misreport about a Joker sequel?

Todd Phillips Clears Up Those Latest ‘Joker’ Sequel Rumors: ‘There’s No Contract’ — Exclusive [IndieWire]

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