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Development: Todd Phillips' Joker wraps; Netflix tops major studio release numbers; more

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Dec 18, 2018

This morning's development roundup is a special one, folks. You've got criminally-insane clowns, a deluge of upcoming Netflix originals, and some crazy meteorological predictions. We can tell that your interest has been piqued, so let us begin...

Todd Phillips' Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has finished principal photography, according to the director himself. 

"That’s a wrap on production. Thanks to the greatest crew NYC has to offer. It was a fun shoot— but we’re not there yet. #editingroom," wrote the filmmaker on Instagram.

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Following the character's rise to villaindom in the early 1980s, the comic book film co-stars Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Shea Whigham, Marc Maron. Brett Cullen will play a young version of Batman's father, Thomas Wayne. 

Joker chuckles into theaters on Oct. 4, 2019. 


Second on our list is the news that Netflix is trumping all other traditional studios by releasing around 90 movies a year, according to a report from The New York Times.

The story highlighted Scott Stuber, the head of Netflix's film branch and pointed out that the streaming giant is putting out more movies than traditional studios like Universal, which averages 30 releases per year. However, we must take "quality-over-quantity" into account; Netflix doesn't have the best track record when it comes to original films. 

Aside from documentaries and animated features not produced by the company's main film division, Stuber's current model allows for 55 original features a year, some of them netting an impressive $200 million for their budgets. 

“We’re trying to build a new studio that is exciting for artists,” Stuber told the NYT. “As we do that, it’s important to be open to criticism. When a great artist says, ‘Hey, this doesn’t work,’ then we’d better try to fix it. For some of our filmmakers, that means having a theatrical release and contending for awards.”


Get out your umbrellas, because Japanese filmmaker Makoto Shinkai has chosen his next cinematic project.

Known for writing and directing 2016's critically-acclaimed Your Name, Shinkai will follow up his animated romantic-fantasy with Weathering With You.

Variety reports that the movie will also be animated, set in a world of perpetually crazy weather. The central protagonist is a young boy, who runs away from home in order to travel to Tokyo, where he meets a girl with the power to clear the sky of clouds. 

Here's a look at the film's poster:

Weathering With You will strike theaters like a bolt of lightning in July of 2091. 


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