E’ un comunicato piuttosto austero della Warner Bros ad annunciare il via libera ad uno dei progetti più curiosi del mondo DC.
Joaquin Phoenix sarà il protagonista di un film tutto dedicato a Joker. Dopo Nicholson, Ledger e Leto, sarà l’ombroso attore di The Master e A beautiful day ad interpretare l’iconico villain di Gotham City.
A dirigere il film un regista che difficilmente avremmo associato ad un cinecomic che promette di essere piuttosto cupo, ovvero Todd Phillips, noto soprattutto per le Notti da leoni e per il remake di Starsky & Hutch. Il suo ultimo film è Trafficanti con Miles Teller e Jonah Hill, ma è trai produttori della nuova versione di A Star is Born.
Il film ruoterà intorno all’iconico villain, e sarà una storia originale, mai apparsa sul grande schermo. L’esplorazione di Phillips di un uomo ignorato dalla società non sarà soltanto uno studio crudo del personaggio ma una storia più ampia che si prefigge di lasciare un insegnamento, un monito.
Phillips dirigerà il film da una sceneggiatura che ha scritto insieme Scott Silver (8 mile, The Fighter). Il film sarà prodotto da Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf of Wall Street), e prodotto esecutivamente da Richard Baratta.
Il film racconterà le origini del personaggio. Le riprese inizieranno entro la fine dell’anno.
Intervistato da Collider, Phoenix ha dichiarato: “I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.
Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.’ I felt like you could get something on screen.
I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea”.