A new film surrounding the origin of famous comic book villain, the Joker, is in the early stages of production with the working title: "The Joker: The Clown of Crime".
Warner Bros and DC are now in the initial stages of the spinoff which will tell the origin story of The Joker. He's one of Mark Hamill's two most famous, beloved, and long-running characters, he's been played by Oscar victor Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger posthumously won an Oscar for playing him.
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Responding to a tweet from Variety announcing three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix's candidacy for the role in director Todd Phillips' standalone Joker origin movie, Wiseau instructed Phillips to direct message him.
Now it must be stated that while Phoenix is the top choice, he hasn't made any deal yet to play the part and he has passed on a couple of superhero movies in the past including "Doctor Strange" for Marvel as well as playing Lex Luthor in "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice".
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Sources said the upcoming movie, which delves into the Joker's transformation into criminal mastermind, will be grittier than the more polished comic-book movies we have seen recently. The Room director and The Disaster Artist subject Tommy Wiseau asked Phillips to DM him on Twitter yesterday evening regarding the role. Will Joaquin Phoenix follow through with the role?
While studio negotiations haven't started yet, according to Variety, Phoenix was approached by Phillips late previous year and early talks have already begun.
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These films are meant to "expand the canon of the iconic comic-book characters with unique story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe", said Variety. Gus Van Sant's film "He Won't Get Far on Foot", about a man on the road to sobriety after a life-changing accident, was the most recent movie to feature Phoenix.