‘Joker 2’ is a… Musical? With Lady Gaga? What!?
Fans have been asking for a sequel for years, but what they’re getting may not be the one they want. Here’s the latest Joker 2 news.
Word that Todd Phillips has been working on a sequel to 2019’s Joker has been around for a while. Not surprising given how successful the movie was both critically and at the box office. The writer-director showed off a bound script last week – his first post on Instagram in months. It’s titled Joker: Folie à deux (aka shared psychosis), which has a range of possibilities.
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Last year Joaquin Pheonix told The Playlist he was unsure about reprising the role, but he saw potential in another movie.
“I mean, I dunno. From when we were shooting, we started to — you know, uhh, this is an interesting guy. There are some things we could do with this guy and could [explore] further. But as to whether we actually will? I don’t know.”
The actor hasn’t been secured for a return, but he is pictured reading the script with his name on it. So, ok – things make sense. This is the normal progression for this kind of thing and fans have been asking for another movie.
And then it stopped making sense.
Joker 2 is an Electric Bugaloo… ?
Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that there’s more news:
The Joker is back, and this time he’s bringing a friend. Lady Gaga is in early talks to star opposite Joaquin Phoenix in director Todd Phillips’ sequel to Joker, the 2019 Oscar-winning, $1 billion Warner Bros. hit based on the DC character.
If a deal makes, Gaga would play Quinn.
I’m not really a fan of that casting choice, but ok.
But wait, that’s not all: Sources say the sequel is also a musical.
I get that Todd Philips really likes Martin Scorsese’s movies and wants to make his own versions, but we really don’t need a DC Comics version of New York, New York. We really, really don’t.
Just don’t. Stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Just don’t make the damned thing if that’s the case. Am I alone here in thinking this is a terrible idea? What the heck would this even look like? Are we talking all-out Rogers & Hammerstein or are we talking something more like Arthur Fleck creates a band with his girlfriend and there are songs sometimes? Is it a fantasy land or is it in the drab ’70s universe created in the original?
How does this work and not totally suck? Someone, please explain.