‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel Already in Development
This Summer’s breakout romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians has received acclaim across the board and has been wildly successful, so it’s little surprise to hear rumors that another film based on the novel series is already on the way.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Warner Bros. have not officially announced a sequel and likely won’t for some time, but moves are already being made to secure the cast and crew’s involvement a continuation of the story with an all-Asian cast of characters. Director Jon M. Chu is currently committed to following up his critically-acclaimed hit with an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In The Heights (set for a June 26, 2020 release date), but it’s been suggested that the studio would like him to work on the sequel. Brad Simpson, who was one of the film’s producers, had explicitly confirmed that Chu had that option when speaking to THR:
“We have a plan with [book author Kevin Kwan] for the next two films.”
The lead cast, including Henry Golding, Constance Wu, and Michelle Yeoh, also have those options available to them as well. Meanwhile, screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim are not on contract to return, but are also wanted by the studio.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is the first novel of a trilogy that also includes China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. All three novels deal with themes of class struggle and elitism, particularly as it relates to Singapore. In spite of being a co-production between Hollywood and the Chinese movie industry, Crazy Rich Asians curiously does not have a release date scheduled in China; likewise, it is not clear if the adaptation of China Rich Girlfriend or a potential adaptation of the second sequel Rich People Problems would be Chinese co-productions.
Crazy Rich Asians is currently playing in theaters.
Grant Davis is a freelance writer who has covered entertainment news for more than four years. His articles have frequently appeared in Star Wars News Net as well as as other entertainment-related websites. As someone who grew up on Star Wars and comic book movies, he’s completely thrilled with the current era of genre entertainment.