Joker 2 is Apparently a $200 Million Jukebox Musical, May Include Originals

The upcoming DC film, widely anticipated by fans, is the sequel to the 2019 hit movie, Joker. The sequel, bearing the subtitle “Folie à Deux”, is reportedly taking on an unusual format for comic book movies: a jukebox musical. The film is stated to feature established songs covered in a new way, creating what promises to be a unique cinematic experience. The man behind the original film, Todd Phillips, returns to helm the sequel, and Joaquin Phoenix reprises his Academy Award-winning role as the titular character.

“Joker: Folie à Deux” and its Musical Format

An article from Variety indicates that the movie will primarily use a jukebox musical format. According to the publication’s sources, it will predominantly include about 15 reworked versions of “very well-known songs”. It is, however, posited that a few of the tracks could be original, assuming they are produced before the conclusion of the film’s editing process.

Sure to once more create a haunting atmosphere is Academy Award-winning composer, Hildur Guðnadóttir. Each song in Joker: Folie à Deux is said to consist of her distinctive, eerie motifs. One confirmed track is “That’s Entertainment” which originally featured in the 1953 Fred Astaire-led musical “The Band Wagon”.

The Director and Stars: Behind Joker: Folie à Deux

Following the overwhelming success of Joker, Todd Phillips returns to direct Joker: Folie à Deux. Phillips co-wrote the script for the sequel with Scott Silver. The original film garnered critical acclaim and financial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, of which it won two; best actor for Phoenix and Best Original Score for Guðnadóttir.

In the sequel, Joaquin Phoenix will portray Arthur Fleck/Joker, a performance that won him an Academy Award in the original film. Lady Gaga has been cast as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, known better as Harley Quinn, Joker’s love interest. Zazie Beetz will reprise her role as Arthur’s former neighbor, Sophie Dumond. Additionally, the movie features Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, and Harry Lawtey, though their roles have not been disclosed.

Joker: Folie à Deux is slated for a theatrical release on October 4, 2024.

Wrapping Up

Joker: Folie à Deux promises to bring a unique approach to comic book movies with its jukebox musical format, while retaining key elements that made the original film a worldwide hit. Fans and movie-goers will no doubt be eagerly awaiting its arrival in cinemas on October 4, 2024. For more updates on this and other trending movies, visit HitPlay.

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