While Joaquin Phoenix is still getting into character for director Todd Phillips’ standalone Joker movie, there’s the matter of another film about the Clown Prince of Gotham in the development stage. Screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Smallfoot) are working on a spinoff centered on Joker and his best gal, Harley Quinn, and apparently it’s a mashup of Bad Santa and This Is Us.
“It is great. The whole thing starts with Harley kidnapping Dr. Phil. Played by Dr Phil hopefully. Because her and the Joker are having problems with their relationship,” Ficarra teased to the Metro. “We had so much fun, I don’t know if we have had more fun writing a script in our career.”
Keep in mind that Ficarra and Requa wrote the screenplay for Bad Santa and Bad Santa 2, and directed multiple episodes of NBC’s tearjerker.