Following the film’s box office success last weekend, a Crazy Rich Asians sequel is moving forward at Warner Bros. Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which cost only $30 million to make, has earned $44.4 million since opening in theaters last Wednesday.
Jon M. Chu is returning to direct the Crazy Rich Asians sequel and will likely take on the movie after finishing the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, which is scheduled for a June 26, 2020 release. Screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim are back, as are producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force and John Penotti of Ivanhoe.
The sequel will be based on Kevin Kwan’s second book in the trilogy, 2015’s China Rich Girlfriend. That book is officially described as follows:
“On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.”
The third book in the trilogy is 2017’s Rich People Problems, which Warner Bros. Pictures also has an option for.
Crazy Rich Asians follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, where she learns that Nick is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.
The first film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, and Awkwafina, with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh; as well as Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, and Nico Santos.