That all-but-confirmed Crazy Rich Asians sequel is officially underway.
Deadline reports that screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim will begin writing the film adaptation of China Rich Girlfriend, the second book in Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians trilogy of novels. Warner Bros. is going to wait until there’s a script in place before they fully green light the project, but it seems kind of inevitable?
While a sequel always seemed likely, producer Nina Jacobson said that movie versions of China Rich Girlfriend and trilogy-closer Rich People Problems all depended on how Crazy Rich Asians fared at the box office.
“We’d love to make one, but not unless the audience asks for it,” she told Deadline last weekend. “Hopefully, they will.”
Looking at the film’s opening box office, it’s safe to say the audience is asking for a sequel. Crazy Rich Asians opened at no. 1, raking in $44.4 million in its first week. The production, which has more than recouped its $30 million cost, will likely continue its box office reign during week two and, per Deadline, is expected to clear $100 million in the U.S. alone.