Crazy Rich Asians co-writer Adele Lim left the sequel over pay disparity
Adele Lim, who co-wrote the screenplay for the box office hit Crazy Rich Asians, is no longer involved with the upcoming sequel, Entertainment Weekly confirmed.
After the commercial success of the original movie, which grossed $238 million worldwide last summer, Warner Bros. began developing a follow-up that would continue the story of a Chinese-American economics professor (played by Constance Wu) who visits her boyfriend’s (Henry Golding) family in Singapore and finds out they’re outrageously wealthy.
While Lim was on board to pen the upcoming project alongside Peter Chiarelli (with whom she co-wrote the first movie, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan), she chose to exit the project after reportedly being offered significantly less money than her white male co-scribe.
After her departure and five months of searching for another writer of Asian descent (Lim is a Malaysian native of Chinese descent), the production company Color Force came back to Lim in February with a higher offer closer Chiarelli’s, who had offered to split his fee with her. Lim turned this down.
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu is on board to helm the sequel and presumably a third film to make a trilogy. (Kwan wrote two sequel books, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.) Lim is currently working on the Disney animated movie Raya and the Last Dragon, starring CRA cast member Awkwafina.
Representatives for Warner Bros. and Color Force did not immediately respond to requests for comment.