After four years since its historical and groundbreaking release to theaters in 2018, the Crazy Rich Asians sequel is finally in pre-production with a new screenwriter. The romantic comedy by director Jon M. Chu is an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel of the same name and starred an ensemble cast of Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, and more.
Adele Lim, one of the two screenwriters for the original film, received a starting offer of $110,000-plus while Peter Chiarelli received an offer ranging from $800,000 to $1 million due to his prior credits on The Proposal and Now You See Me 2. Despite Lim’s accusation of a wide pay disparity due to not only gender but also race relations, Warner Bros. states that the difference is due to the writer’s experience levels. However, Lim was supported by the director and many of the cast of Crazy Rich Asians. In the end, the issue was left unresolved with Lim leaving the project and taking on other projects like Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon.
With both screenwriters leaving the project, Chinese Australian writer, Amy Wang is to write the script for the Crazy Rich Asians sequel with Chu returning to direct the film. Wang is currently attached to two upcoming Netflix projects and won a 2018 Cannes Lion award for her short film Unnatural.
Crazy Rich Asians is a light-hearted romantic comedy about the ultra-wealthy Chinese Singaporeans and what happens when a middle-class, Chinese American woman enters their ranks as the fiancé of one of the most eligible and elusive bachelors in Singapore.
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