It was announced today that the budget for the 2019 sequel to Joker is going to be substantially higher. Crazy isn’t that, considering the film grossed over a billion at the worldwide box office.
Much of the budget increase goes into the salaries of those involved who return. But newcomer Lady Gaga will also be able to add a hefty sum for her part in Joker: Folie à Deux.
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Big salary for Gaga and Phoenix
According to Variety, Gaga will receive a sum of $10 million dollars for her contribution. Phoenix’s paycheck is even double that at $20 million. Director Todd Phillips is also said to receive a similar amount.
The production budget is estimated at about $150 million, which means that $50 million is already going to go to salaries of the main names. The original reportedly cost about $60-80 million to make.
The second Joker will be a musical film and is “more likely to be A Star Is Born than In the Heights” and is expected to be released in October 2024.