Joker origin movie in the works from The Hangover director

Anita Tucker
August 24, 2017

Warner Bros.is working on an origin movie on the legendary DC Comics villain The Joker. It's still in the very early stages of development but what is known is that the film would not have Jared Leto reprise his role from last summer's Suicide Squad. 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.

Warner Bros is now targeting a new film focusing on the origins of "The Joker" with Todd Phillips (The Hangover) expected to direct the project with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese serving as an executive producer on the project. Deadline reports that WB is developing a Joker origin film with a new, possibly younger actor to play the character. As with this Joker origin film, the banner will put different actors in the roles of iconic DC characters.

The new film will be the first in a new series of spin-offs that will allow filmmakers to explore the DC Comics universe untethered to the ongoing DC Expanded Universe films.

The Hangover's Todd Phillips will direct the film and co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver, with Scorcese on board as producer.

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The Joker's origin story is famously all over the place in the comics - with the most iconic example being The Killing Joke's Joker falling into a chemical Value-Added Tax after being chased by Batman. Which only means one thing guys, many more spin offs to come! Silver also co-wrote the screenplay for The Fighter, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

Recently, the Joker once again appeared in "Suicide Squad", and was portrayed by Jared Leto.

The origin story is to be set in crime-ridden 1980s Gotham and will harken back to New York-set Scorsese classics like Taxi Driver and Mean Streets.

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