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Todd Phillips confirms 'Joker' sequel; Joaquin Phoenix back as supervillain

Joaquin Phoenix, winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Joker," arrives backstage with his Oscar during the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Feb. 9, 2020, at Loews Hollywood Hotel in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/2e0a86d8f631e520dedd702d07372b2e/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Joaquin Phoenix, winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Joker," arrives backstage with his Oscar during the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Feb. 9, 2020, at Loews Hollywood Hotel in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 7 (UPI) -- Todd Phillips, who co-wrote and directed the first Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, confirmed Tuesday on social media that a sequel to the Oscar-winning 2019 film is officially in the works.

Phillips announced the sequel by sharing a pair of photos on Instagram, beginning with a picture of the script's cover page -- which revealed the film's working title of Joker: Folie à Deux. Scott Silver, who also co-wrote the first movie, was listed on the script.

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The second photo in Phillips' Instagram post was an artistic black-and-white shot of Phoenix -- who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for playing the title character in the first Joker film -- as he looked over the script while smoking a cigarette.

The first Joker movie was released in October 2019 as a standalone drama set in the Batman universe but outside the canon of the comics or other film adaptations. The origin story follows Arthur Fleck in the early 1980s as he transforms into the Clown Prince of Crime.

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While plot details for the sequel are currently unknown, Folie à deux, or folly of two, is defined as a psychiatric syndrome in which the same psychological disorder or shared delusion presents itself in two or more people.

The sequel's title could be referencing Joker's psychologically dependent relationships with characters like Batman and Harley Quinn, though it remains unclear if either will appear in the upcoming film.

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