This could be interesting.
The Guardian is reporting today that Martin Scorsese will produce a ‘hard-boiled crime film’ about the early days of The Joker that will pay stylistic homage to his films of early-80s.
The film – an origin story of the character, which won’t be attached to any other iteration – will be directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips, who will co-write the film with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter).
While Jared Leto is currently playing the character in the DC expanded universe, including in the forthcoming Suicide Squad sequel and Gotham City Sirens, the new film, according to Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr, “will launch the character with a different actor, possibly younger”.
“The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy,” he writes.
DiCaprio must be playing the joker? DiNero is his father? Where does Joe Pesci fit in?
— J Gerry (@IslandKing63) August 22, 2017
(Martin Scorsese pic: Pacific Coast News; Cesar Romero screen grab via YouTube)