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A Joy Luck Club Movie Sequel Might Be in the Works

One of the producers of the original film has confirmed that a script exists.
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The overwhelming success of Crazy Rich Asians shows that there’s definitely a demand for diversity and representation on-screen. It’s taken quite a while for Asians to be represented again in a big way—25 years to be exact—but Hollywood studios might finally be listening.

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On August 22, the cast of The Joy Luck Club reunited for a 25th anniversary screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. The film which detailed the trials and tribulations of Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers was notably the first major Hollywood production to feature an all-Asian cast. During the momentous event, a producer of the 1993 film, Ronald Bass, told reporters that a script for a potential Joy Luck Club sequel has been making the rounds at various studios and networks and the timing couldn’t be better.

Here’s what we know so far about the potential follow-up to the 1993 critically-acclaimed movie.

THE SCRIPT HOPES TO REUNITE THE ORIGINAL CAST.

Bass, who also co-wrote the original screenplay, only let a few details about the script slip, but the most important one was that the story intends to bring back the daughters (Waverly, Lena, Rose, and June) and their mothers (Lindo, Ying-Ying, An-Mei, and Suyuan) to the big screen.

IT WILL BE SET 25 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST FILM.

Since the first movie already told the stories of each of the mothers and the daughters, this time around it will center on the new generation, the children of Waverly, Lena, Rose, and June. The story will be set in the present day, exactly 25 years after the events of the first film.

Bass tells Entertainment Tonight, “In other words, the mothers are now grandmothers. The daughters are now mothers and they each have a millennial daughter of their own. So, now it would be a three-generation—what’s that like in mother-daughter relations? Today’s world versus first, second generations and immigrants.”

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A SCRIPT FOR A TV SERIES PILOT HAS ALSO BEEN MADE.

Aside from a feature film, Bass says there’s also a script for a television pilot. Between the two, however, he says a film is more likely: “The harder thing, as you know, for selling television versus features—that’s why I work in both—is that for television, they say it’s a million buyers but they actually have to put it on the air.” He continues, “For someone to buy your script for a feature, anybody can make one if you make it at the right price. Anybody can release them.”

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BOTH ARE WAITING TO BE PICKED UP BY A STUDIO AND NETWORK.

The only thing that the potential sequel needs is for the script to be bought. After that, Bass says, it's full steam ahead for the project. Amy Tan, the writer of The Joy Luck Club says the box-office success of Crazy Rich Asians only makes her more hopeful. “We've crossed into that area where we can finally say to Hollywood, in general, we don't have to be just a genre of ethnic movies. We can be anything,” she says.

Here’s to hoping the much-awaited sequel will finally get the green light.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

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