Filmmaker Todd Phillips is reportedly in talks to return for a sequel to “Joker” and develop more origin films for DC Comics characters.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Phillips reportedly approached Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich about the rights to develop the origin films. He is also in talks to return to direct a sequel to “Joker,” which recently crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that Phillips first approached Emmerich with the idea for more origin films on Oct. 7. The meeting also followed a successful opening weekend for “Joker,” which pulled in $96.2 million at the box office. The film has already exceeded $320 million domestically.

Despite the film's success, Emmerich allegedly scoffed at the idea of handing Phillips the rights to develop several DC origin films.

Phillips did reportedly leave with the rights to develop another film, which sources said was a “Joker” sequel. He will reportedly write the sequel with Scott Silver, who co-wrote the "Joker" with Phillips.

Phillips has expressed interest in doing a sequel in the past, specifically citing star Joaquin Phoenix.

“I would do anything with Joaquin, any day of the week,” Phillips told TotalFilm in August. “There’s nobody like him. If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.”

Warner Bros. also has options in place for star Phoenix to return for a sequel. However, his involvement still hasn’t been confirmed by Phillips or Warner.

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Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, and BRON Creative’s "Joker." Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros.