Yesterday, there had been conflicting reports on the status of a sequel to WB’s billion-dollar box office hit Joker.

TheHollywoodReporter stating that co-writer and director Todd Phillips had met with Warner Bros. back in October about developing a string of origin movies featuring various characters from DC Comics and even suggested he was already in talks to return to direct a Joker sequel.

This report was later refuted by Deadline.

Today, ThePlaylist was able to actually speak with Todd, who denied the meeting ever took place.

PHILLIPS: “Yeah that was written about today, and I have to be honest, it came out of nowhere. It referred to a meeting that was never had.”

“I thought it was anticipatory at best. Obviously, sequels have been discussed when a movie that cost $60 million made $1 billion, but we have not had any serious conversations about it.”

He went on to add that they don’t even have a deal set in place for Joaquin Phoenix to come back for a second film.

PHILLIPS: “We don’t have a deal with Joaquin, they don’t have a deal with me and the writer. I don’t know where that came from, honest to God,” Phillips professed. “It’s a hard thing to refute when you don’t have a Twitter account, and you’re not really out there. You just go, ‘Ok, this will disappear in 24 hours, let’s move on.'”

This seemingly sets the record straight for the moment, but both Todd and actor Joaquin Phoenix have been vocal in interviews about their interest to return even if talks haven’t taken place.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it actually comes together.

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks — the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

SOURCE: THE PLAYLIST

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