Todd Phillips’s Joker may go down as one of the most-polarizing comic book films of all-time, but with lead actor Joaquin Phoenix landing an Academy Award for best actor and a worldwide box office haul of over $1 billion, it should come as little surprise that Warner Bros. is chasing down Phoenix to star in a pair of sequels.
If Phoenix decides to reprise his role as Arthur Fleck/Joker, he will reportedly earn $50 million.
“It’s still being negotiated but the scripts are being written and Joaquin is very engaged with it,” an anonymous insider told The Mirror.
“They plan to make two sequels in the next four years, with a long-term commitment to Joaquin and his Joker director Todd Phillips and producer Bradley Cooper. It’s all about getting Joaquin to accept the terms – and the biggest payday of his career by far,” the source added.
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The 2019 film was produced on a relatively small budget of $60 million, so it appears that the prospective sequels will carry a much larger budget into production.