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Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' Movie Greenlit for Shooting This Fall

Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' Movie Greenlit for Shooting This Fall
Actor Joaquin Phoenix attends a screening of the film 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' during the Seattle International Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Egyptian on June 10, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 04:03 PM

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker movie has gotten the go ahead from Warner Bros., with Todd Phillips co-writing and directing the "Joker" origin film.

Variety first reported that Phoenix was in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime, according to Reuters. As soon as his deal was finalized, the studio gave the greenlight to a September start date with a budget in the moderate $55 million dollar range.

Phillips ("The Hangover" franchise) is on board to co-write and direct the movie.

The standalone "Joker" feature will fall under a yet-to-be-announced banner of DC Comics, which gives the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the iconic comic-book characters with unique story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe.

Jared Leto most recently played the Joker in "Suicide Squad." According to insiders, the Oscar-winner will not only will be back for the "Suicide Squad" sequel, Warner Bros. is also developing his own standalone movie that will be separate from Phoenix's Joker project.

Scott Silver will join Phillips as a co-writer on the film, which will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal. Sources say the story will take place in the '80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the greenlight.

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