THE JOKER Origin Film In the Works With Scorsese as Producer

Aug 24, 2017, 02:30
THE JOKER Origin Film In the Works With Scorsese as Producer

Currently, however, the script is still being written so we may be in for quite a wait before the Joker cast. Deadline said Martin Scorsese will produce the movie, but a source close to the production told HuffPost that the "Goodfellas" director's involvement is not official. Per the report, he's set to reprise the role in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, but the origin story will see a new, possibly younger actor take on the role of the iconic comic book villain.

The move is a risky one by DC; the Joker has no definitive origin in the comic books, and keeping his story mysterious has always been part of the character's mystique.

This new movie focused on "The Joker" would be a completely separate narrative on the character that wouldn't tie into the larger DC film universe now being built.

Recently, the Joker once again appeared in "Suicide Squad", and was portrayed by Jared Leto. The origin-story concept also breaks with DC tradition: as many have pointed out, the Joker's origin is supposed to be nebulous, which is what makes him such an unpredictable antagonist.

Deadline.com reported that Todd Phillips, who directed the 2009-2013 "Hangover" comedy trilogy and co-wrote the latter two, has been hired to direct the film, and has already begun writing the script with Scott Silver ("The Fighter").

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Reportedly, Phillips and Scorsese want to give the Joker the same kind of tone and feel as Scorsese's crime epics, with the story set in the '80s.

As the movie seems to be set in a different universe, Jared Leto who now plays the role of Joker in the DCEU will not be reprising his role for this spinoff.

The Joker has assumed villain duty in at least six big-screen "Batman" adaptations, but he's about to get a movie all to himself.

Deadline also notes that the as-yet-untitled "Joker" movie will take place in the early 1980s, and its gritty Gotham City setting will be reminiscent of early Scorsese films like "Mean Streets" and "Taxi Driver".

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