According to Variety reporter Justin Kroll, a script is expected to be turned in next week, with an eye toward beginning production in 2018.
Hear THE JOKER script will be turned in by next week, super fast considering when announcement went out bodes well for 2018 shoot
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) September 20, 2017
The Hangover writer Todd Phillips is collaborating on the script with 8 Mile‘s Scott Silver, who will direct. Warner Bros. reportedly hopes to woo Martin Scorsese to produce.
Described as a hard-boiled crime story set in a 1980s Gotham City, the Joker movie is expected to be the first project under a new banner that will house a range of DC properties outside of the DCEU, with different actors in iconic roles. To that end, the film won't star Jared Leto, who debuted as The Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad.
Although Leto has admitted his own confusion about The Joker's cinematic future, the Oscar winner is expected to reprise the role in the sequel to Suicide Squad, as well as the Gotham City Sirens and Joker and Harley Quinn spinoffs.