A24 is in final negotiations to acquire and produce Mike Mills‘ next film, an untitled drama with Joaquin Phoenix tapped to star. Phoenix leads the upcoming Todd Phillips film, “Joker,” which took home the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival. He will be leading in Mills’ forthcoming production, the feature length follow up to his 2016 film, “20th Century Women.”
Reported exclusively by Deadline, the plot details are still unknown. Production on the film is set to begin next fall and will be both written and directed by Mills.
“20th Century Women” garnered Mills an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film followed the story of a teenage boy growing up in 1970s Southern California and the women who raise him. It starred Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Lucas Jade Zumann. Mills also directed “Beginners,” which brought Christopher Plummer an Oscar win for his supporting performance. He also directed “Thumbsucker” and numerous short films.
Phoenix is fresh on the headlines as his buzzy lead role in Todd Phillips’ “Joker” will soon grace theaters next month. He is a three-time Oscar nominee for his roles in “Gladiator,” “Walk the Line” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” He is also known best for other roles including Spike Jonze’s “Her,” Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here,” James Gray’s “The Immigrant” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs.” Time will tell if Phoenix can endure the busy and stacked awards season to prevail with another Oscar nomination.
Producers on Mills’ untitled film are Chelsea Barnard, Lila Yacoub and Andrea Longacre-White. Production begins fall of 2020.