Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ Movie Heading Into Production This Fall With Joaquin Phoenix

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The film has been in development for some time, with Phoenix reportedly in talks for months.

A new Joker origin story movie starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role is officially happening, with production to begin this September, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Last August, it was reported that Todd Phillips (The Hangover) was set to direct from a script co-written by Scott Silver (8 Mile) and himself and that he'd also produce the film alongside legendary director Martin Scorsese.

The project's budget will be in the $55 million range, which is significantly lower than most superhero movies and suggests a more risky take on the comic book adaptation a la 20th Century Fox's R-rated Deadpool and Logan.

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The Joker movie has been a bit of an enigma amongst DC Comics fans, ever since it was first announced in September of previous year. Furthermore, it's also now confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix will be taking the lead role.

There is no release date as yet, which is unusual for a comic book film, although all signs point to this being quite different from the current DC and Marvel offerings.

"I see it as any other movie", he said.

Leto is still set to play the Joker in the Suicide Squad sequel, as well as a separate standalone movie. I don't really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker.

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