After blatantly cribbing from Taxi Driver and King of Comedy with 2019’s Joker, writer-directed Todd Phillips is taking an unexpected turn for his next Scorsese-derived killer clown model: the Joker sequel will be sort of a New York, New York thing.
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Joker: Folie à deux—as the follow-up has been titled—will, like Scorsese’s 1977 Robert De Niro-Liza Minnelli drama, be a musical. Also like that film, it will pair our De Niro surrogate with a big-name songstress already beloved for her role where she falls for a blackout drunk: it’s said Lady Gaga is in early talks to star opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the role of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Joker’s psychiatrist. And since we’re all as highbrow as the director of Old School, we know that the subtitle Folie à deux—another term for “shared delusional disorder”—means she’ll likely be adopting the persona of Harley Quinn.
At last, cinemas will have two or three Jokers and two Harley Quinns going on-screen at once. Just as the ever-inspirational Martin Scorsese always intended.