Joker director Todd Phillips has revealed that he hasn’t actually discussed a potential sequel with Joaquin Phoenix yet.
Speculation has been rife about a follow-up to the record-breaking new film, which was released back in October.
It was reportedly confirmed last month that a Joker sequel was definitely on the way, though these rumours were swiftly dismissed.
The idea of a Joker sequel is definitely still on the table though – it’s just that Phillips and the film’s star Joaquin Phoenix haven’t spoken about it together yet.
“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 told Variety while reflecting on his Golden Globe nomination for the film.
He continued: “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.”
Last week, Phillips gave a new update on a Joker sequel, saying: “They’re just giving us time”.
“A movie does that kind of business and became that beloved around the world – they had talked to us about it,” he continued.
“But in all honesty we haven’t gone any further on it. Even Warner Bros. hasn’t. I think they’re just giving us time, and if we can figure it out, and if Joaquin’s down to do it, we would do it. But we haven’t gotten near that yet.”
Phillips talked about a Joker sequel even before the new film was released, and has recently been discussing where a follow-up movie could go narrative-wise, telling The Los Angeles Times that a sequel would “have to have some thematic resonance”.