Joker: Folie à Deux is on my checklist of one of the crucial extremely anticipated entries on the 2024 film schedule. This is not solely as a result of Joaquin Phoenix can have A-list co-star in Woman Gaga however as a result of it’ll even be a musical. Within the lead-up to its launch date, the movie’s cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, provided an replace on the manufacturing. And his sentiments must be sufficient to get followers of the DC film enthusiastic about what’s to return.
And to suppose, simply a few years in the past, many have been questioning if Joker 2 was even taking place. It’s good to know Todd Phillips’ sequel is greater than taking place, with updates persevering with to reach right here and there. On that observe, Lawrence Sher spoke to Definition Journal (with a snippet of the chat shared in an X post). Sher defined simply the place issues stand with regards to Folie à Deux‘s manufacturing standing, and it sounds just like the artistic workforce almost has a completed movie on its fingers:
Now, what I am most interested by is what he means when he says “shocking” and “dangerous.” Might or not it’s the musical numbers he is referring to? Or perhaps this has one thing to do with Woman Gaga’s transformation into maniacal henchwoman, Harley Quinn? Some may also take this as a touch upon the extent of violence within the flick. (The primary film confronted controversy over considerations in regards to the cinematic origin story inciting violence.) It is arduous to say, for positive, what Sher is referencing however, if something, he appears to point that Todd Phillips is making an attempt to up the ante for this outing.
What we learn about Joker 2 up to now — apart from the truth that it may be formidable — is that it will spotlight the connection between Harley and Mr. J. Lead actor Joaquin Phoenix additionally acquired a significant pay bump for the sequel, which reportedly has an even bigger price range. The additional money could have went in the direction of these “difficult musical sequences,” and the reported $150 million complete certainly helped with that. With such a large price ticket, one would suppose that the cinematography will, as soon as once more, be top-notch. Absolutely, Lawrence Sher sought to high his work on the unique.
Above all else, I am significantly interested by these musical sequences. Per studies, Woman Gaga actually put in “work”, and that will partially converse to the intricacy of mentioned moments. I’ve very excessive hopes for her inclusion and hope that her abilities are utilized successfully as she brings Quinn to life. To date, two of Gaga’s songs have leaked, and so they type of give off Judy Garland vibes. I additionally marvel if the upcoming film can be a jukebox musical of covers or if it’s going to have authentic songs — or be a mixture of each. And with the shocking quantity of dancing within the first installment, I might think about the filmmakers will double down on that right here, given the story facilities round two companions.
Joker: Folie à Deux completed filming this previous April, so it is seemingly made stable progress, if post-production is within the homestretch. I will positively be enthusiastic about the Lawrence Sher’s tease forward of our first take a look at the film, which opens on October 4, 2024. You may also stream its 2019 predecessor with a Max subscription.