‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel Moves Forward With New Writer

We’ve got good news for fans of opulence and family fissures—the sequel to “Crazy Rich Asians” is finally underway. 

Production studio Color Force announced yesterday, March 21, that Chinese-Australian screenwriter Amy Wang has been hired in place of Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli to write the much-anticipated follow-up film. Although Lim and Chiarelli signed on to pen the sequel after the massive success of the first, they left the project due to an irreconcilable pay dispute, in which Lim would allegedly be paid less than a tenth of what co-writer Chiarelli was making. This departure rocked the sequel’s development plans, bringing pre-production to a virtual halt for two years. Before making his final exit from the project, Chiarelli did help director Jon M. Chu write a treatment for the upcoming film. 

Wang is something of a newcomer to the Hollywood scene; however, she won the Young Director Award at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival for her short film “Unnatural,” and has also written an upcoming episode of Starz’s “Blindspotting.” The sequel to “Crazy Rich Asians” will remain as star-studded as its predecessor, with the majority of the original cast returning—including Constance Wu, Awkwafina, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh, to name a few. With Wang now on-board, fans can hopefully expect to hear more updates on the production status of the film.