The rumors of a potential Joker sequel have been circling around ever since the first film came out in 2019, and Todd Phillips is finally ready to make it happen. The director confirmed he’s working on the follow-up and revealed its working title on social media.
Phillips shared the news by posting a photo of the film’s script on Instagram, followed by another photo of Joaquin Phoenix reading it. Phillips co-wrote the script with Scott Silver, and they’re developing this project under the working title Joker: Folie à deux, a French word for shared psychosis.
Both Phillips and Phoenix discussed the possibility of coming back for the sequel, saying the possibilities of where they can go with the iconic character are endless.
Bringing Joker back for another ride makes total sense for Warner Bros. and DC Films because the original film was a huge box office sensation. It became the first R-rated film in history to cross the billion-dollar mark at the box office, grossing $1.07 billion against an estimated $55 million budget.
Joker was also an awards season darling, winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival following its premiere and receiving countless other award nominations. It was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and it earned Phoenix his first Oscar for the best actor in a leading role.