Just In: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Is Getting A Sequel!
If that mid-credits scene wasn't enough to tip you off, this news just made it official.
After five days in the US, Crazy Rich Asians raked in a whopping US$35.3 million, making more money than any comedy this year and any romcom since Trainwreck in 2015. So it makes perfect sense that Warner Bros. would want to keep milking this money cow and produce a sequel — a China Rich Girlfriend movie.
Here's what we know about the China Rich Girlfriend movie so far.
1. It's based on Kevin Kwan's second book.
China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians. It follows Nick and Rachel's journey to China to search for her father.
The title is a reference to a line said by Nick's mother Eleanor about China's billionaires: "These people aren’t just everyday rich with a few hundred million. They are China rich!"
2. It will reunite the creative team behind Crazy Rich Asians
According to The Hollywood Reporter, we can expect the same creatives behind Crazy Rich Asians to helm the China Rich Girlfriend movie.
This includes director Jon M. Chu, producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force, and John Penotti of Ivanhoe. Crazy Rich Asians screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim are also planned to join, though this isn't set in stone just yet.
3. If the China Rich Girlfriend movie does well, Warner Bros. might complete the trilogy with Kevin Kwan's third book Rich People Problems.
Yup, Warner Bros. has the option for Kwan's entire trilogy. "We have a plan with Kevin for the next two films," says producer Simpson.
4. The main cast will return.
"I hope there's something in the future," leading man Henry Golding said. "It would be so much fun to get everybody back together, back to sweaty old Singapore."
5. There was a teaser for the China Rich Girlfriend movie in Crazy Rich Asians.
In the mid-credits scene, Nick's cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan) is seen exchanging meaningful looks with Charlie Wu (Harry Shum Jr.). Fans of the books will know that Charlie is Astrid's first love.
“The idea is to tell the story in the next movie,” Chu said.
6. Chu will probably get to work at the Crazy Rich Asians sequel after shooting the film adaptation to Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights.
In the Heights will be released in June 2020, so it might be a couple of years before we get to see the China Rich Girlfriend movie. But if we're going by the success of Crazy Rich Asians, it'll be worth the wait.