Crazy Rich Asians was an opening weekend success for the box office making $35.3 million. It was so successful that after one week in theaters, Warner Bros. is already making plans to make the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend.
Crazy Rich Asians is the first movie featuring an all Asian cast that was backed by a major Hollywood studio in 25 years, earning a $30 million production. The last Hollywood studio-backed production featuring an Asian ensemble was back in 1993, The Joy Luck Club, with an $11 million production.
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan wrote a third book last year, Rich People Problems, which gives Warner Bros. the option to make a trilogy. Director Jon M. Chu is planning on returning to helm China Rich Girlfriend. Warner Bros. also wants to bring back screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim once their deals are complete. The cast is also expected to renegotiate their deals after the success of the film.
*SPOILERS AHEAD if you haven’t seen the movie yet*
China Rich Girlfriend will focus mainly on the relationships between Charlie Wu (Harry Shum Jr.) and Astrid Young Teo (Gemma Chan) and Bernard Tai (Jimmy O. Yang) and Kitty Pong (Fiona Xie). Rich Asian Problems will return to Nick Young (Henry Golding) and Rachel Chu (Constance Wu)’s story arc where we would see them in China searching for Rachel’s father.
Golding is hopeful that the sequel happens because he wants to see the cast together again.
“I hope there’s something in the future. It would be so much fun to get everybody back together, back to sweaty old Singapore.”
After Shum’s cameo in Crazy Rich Asians, Jon Chu has expressed that he will do anything to make the sequel happen because of a promise to Shum and Xie, an actress from Singapore.
“The idea is to tell the story [of Charlie and Astrid & Bernard and Kitty] in the next movie. I made a promise to Harry, so I’m going to do it. We needed to hire somebody [for the role of Kitty Pong] who can really act because in time she becomes much more significant. I think [Xie] is scared that we’re never going to make that one, but we are. I’ll make it happen.”
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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