Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming Joker origin movie may begin filming soon. If Variety’s reporter Justin Kroll is to be trusted, the solo film focusing on the origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime could start filming as early as next year as the script is nearing completion.
Kroll took to his Twitter account on Wednesday, September 20 to say he’s heard that the script for the film “will be turned in by next week.” The reporter noted that it’s “super fast,” considering reports of the project emerged less than a month ago, and “bodes well for 2018 shoot.”
Hear THE JOKER script will be turned in by next week, super fast considering when announcement went out bodes well for 2018 shoot
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) September 20, 2017
The movie was only announced in August, but both Warner Bros. and DC are clearly rushing the project forward. There’s no release date set for the Joker solo flick yet. Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy, “Old School”, “Starsky & Hutch”) and Scott Silver (“The Finest Hours”, “8 Mile”) are attached as co-writers. Phillips is also expected to serve behind the lens for as well as produce the film.
The Joker origin movie will not star Jared Leto, who portrayed the green-haired villain in last year’s “Suicide Squad”. Leonardo DiCaprio has been rumored to replace the “Blade Runner 2049” actor to play Joker in the DC Extended Universe.
WB is reportedly courting Martin Scorsese as a producer for the upcoming movie in an effort to bring DiCaprio into the DCEU since they’re frequent collaborators. They teamed up in “The Aviator”, “Gangs of New York”, “The Departed”, “Shutter Island” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
Leto, meanwhile, is getting his own Joker movie with his on-screen lover Margot Robbie. The two stars are set to reprise their respective roles in an untitled Joker and Harley Quinn project, which is described as a “criminal love story.” It’s also on the fast track of development, with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the filmmakers behind 2011’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”, being eyed to pen and direct the film.