'Crazy Rich Asians' Filming Back-To-Back Sequels In 2020
After its critical and commercial success at the box office, "Crazy Rich Asians" is getting not just one but two sequels. Color Force producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson announced that the movie would be filming the follow-up movies back-to-back. However, work on the sequels won't start until 2020.
The producers told Deadline that the filming dates wouldn't be any closer because of scheduling. "Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu is set to make the adaptation of the theater production "In the Heights" for the big screen in the next few months. Until that is done, he won't be available to helm the sequels.
But it's not just Chu's schedule that has affected the filming dates. Stars like Constance Wu (Rachel Chu), Henry Golding (Nick Young), Gemma Chan (Astrid Young Teo), Sonoya Mizuno (Araminta Lee), Awkwafina (Peik Lin Goh), and Michelle Yeoh (Eleanor Young) are also swamped with other projects for 2019 and they actually have the success of "Crazy Rich Asians" in Hollywood to thank for.
Based on a best-selling novel that Kevin Kwan wrote, "Crazy Rich Asian" is a romantic story of a lowly Asian-American (Wu) who discovers that her longtime boyfriend (Golding) comes from an extremely wealthy family in Singapore. Since its theater release in Aug. 2018, the movie has earned a worldwide box office total of $237,958,573. It was the biggest summer blockbuster in the United States.
But while the talents' return to the sequels has not yet been confirmed, the producers decided it would be better to move the start of the filming until their availabilities are cleared. Color Force and Warner Bros also want the same director and actors in the follow-up movies that will also be based on Kwan's books, "China Rich Girlfriend" and "Rich People Problems." Writers Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli are reportedly preparing the scripts to the sequel adaptations, Deadline further confirmed.
Meanwhile, the movie has earned two nominations at the recently announced Golden Globes 2019. "Crazy Rich Asian" is vying for the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy honor against "Mary Poppins Returns," "Green Book," "Vice," and "The Favourite." Wu, on the other hand, has been nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress for the same category. She will be up against Emily Blunt ("Mary Poppins Returns"), Charlize Theron ("Tully"), Olivia Colman ("The Favourite") and Elsie Fisher ("Eighth Grade").
Critics say that the recognition, particularly Wu's, is quite significant now more than ever as Hollywood pushes for inclusivity and diversity. The last time an Asian female star was recognized in the motion picture categories was in the 1970s, according to CNN.