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Filming the sequel so far has been just as dramatic as the film itself

In 2018, the rom-com Crazy Rich Asians took the world by storm with its largely accurate picture of the lives of the ultra-wealthy.

Adapted from Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name, the film was an instant success and propelled Asian actors such as Henry Golding and Gemma Chan to fame.

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On the heels of the film’s success, a sequel was announced by Warner Bros and the film was set to be a movie adaptation of the next two books in Kwan’s trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.

Unfortunately in 2019, the film hit its first snag when one of the screenwriters from the first film, Adele Lim, walked away from the project due to a pay disparity issue. She reportedly was only offered just a tenth of co-writer Peter Chiarelli’s pay.

After spending months struggling to find a replacement, the production studio made a new offer to Lim with a salary that was closer to Chiarelli’s. She declined this offer and was also lauded for her decision. 

Director John M Chu released a statement supporting her and praised her for standing up for her worth. 

“I am, of course, frustrated that we all can’t do the next one together, but I think the conversation this has started is much more important than ourselves (and the movie sequels, frankly), so who am I to get in the way of that,” Chu wrote.

The sequel continued with Chiarelli and Chu but it was once again forced to stop when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020. 

Now that the world is largely vaccinated and slowly settling back into a sense of normalcy, the sequel has continued with filming, this time, with a new screenwriter on board. Amy Wang, who is taking on the role on her own, won a Cannes Lions award in 2018 for her narrative short Unnatural.

The film will see Golding and Constance Wu reprising their roles, however, no other details have been released and it is unclear if Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong will continue to be involved in the second film. 

We don’t know about you but we can’t wait to immerse ourselves in the dramatic lives of Rachel Chu, Nick Young and Astrid Leong-Teo once again so stay tuned here for the latest updates on Tatler’s favourite film. 

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