Following the initial success of “Crazy Rich Asians” both in the box office and critical acclaim, Warner Bros. has reportedly started developing the film’s sequel.
According to Deadline, screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim are set to return to write the script soon. Production on “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems,” the follow-up books to “Crazy Rich Asians” in Kevin Kwan’s trilogy, will be overseen by Color Force (“The Hunger Games”) and Ivanhoe Productions (“Crazy Rich Asians”).
Here’s the story description for “China Rich Girlfriend”:
“It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birth father, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.
Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich … they’re China rich.”
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Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh, who have been given options for the sequel, are all expected to reprise their roles from the first film. Director Jon M. Chu is also planning to return and direct the sequels as soon as the script is ready and Warner Bros gives its full green-light.
“Let the audience ask for the sequel,” Nina Jacobson told Deadline in an interview. “We’d love to make one, but not unless the audience asks for it, and hopefully they will this weekend.”
North American moviegoers have indeed spoken by spending $44.4 million for the Asian-centric rom-com in its first week on theaters, securing its top place at the box office. It is expected to again take the top spot this weekend with at least $16-$18 million in the U.S., ultimately hitting around $100-$110 million by the end of its run.
Chu had earlier expressed eagerness to return to direct a sequel if the first film was a success, adding, “We have lots of plans if the audience shows up. We have more stories to tell. We have other stories outside of the Crazy Rich Asians world that are ready to be told too by filmmakers and storytellers who haven’t had their stories told yet.”