A Crazy Rich Asians Sequel Is in the Works and We Can't Wait
Following Crazy Rich Asians's $35.3 million opening weekend, Warner Brothers is moving forward with the development of a sequel. While nothing at this point has been officially greenlit, on Wednesday, the New York Times reported that plans are in the works "to turn 'Crazy Rich Asians' into a big-screen franchise."
Here's what we know so far about the follow-up to the box-office hit.
THE WHOLE TEAM IS REPORTEDLY RETURNING FOR THE PROJECT.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, "the plan is to also bring back screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim," and director Jon M. Chu. While nothing has been confirmed, one would expect all the cast members in major roles to return as well.
WE MIGHT NOT SEE THE SEQUEL FOR A WHILE.
Chu is currently working on a film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda's musical In the Heights, which, according to the New York Times will premiere in 2020, so a sequel to Crazy Rich Asians likely wouldn't come out until after that.
IT WILL BE BASED ON AUTHOR KEVIN KWAN'S SECOND NOVEL, CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND, AND IT WILL FEATURE A NEW LOVE STORY.
If you stayed through the credits of Crazy Rich Asians, you saw a peek of what's to come for the story line. No spoilers, but let's just say Astrid might have a new romance with a character played by former Glee actor Harry Shum Jr.
"The idea is to tell the story in the next movie," director Chu told THR. "I made a promise to Harry, so I’m going to do it."
THERE'S ALSO POTENTIAL FOR A THIRD FILM.
Author Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians series is actually a trilogy of novels, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers has the option for the whole trilogy.
“We have a plan with Kevin for the next two films,” producer Brad Simpson of Color Force said.
The third book is called Rich People Problems and centers around Astrid Leong (Gemma Chan's character). Want to read ahead? The book is available below:
Rich People Problems: A Novel (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy)
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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