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Crazy Rich Asians 2 sets Amy Wang as new writer

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Warner Bros.’ The sequel to the hit romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” has a new writer in Amy Wang, who takes over after the first film’s screenwriters, Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli, left over pay disparity issues.

Wang, a Chinese-Australian writer, won a Cannes Lion award in 2018 for her short film ‘Unnatural’ and is currently attached to make her film debut as the writer-director of an untitled horror film. for Paramount. Her television credits include serving as an editor for Netflix’s “Brothers Sun” and directing an upcoming episode of Starz’s “Blindspotting.”

Wang will join the “Crazy Rich Asians” cast that includes Jon M. Chu and original cast members Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh. It’s unclear at this point whether Wang’s screenplay will be a direct adaptation of the novel “China Rich Girlfriend,” Kevin Kwan’s sequel to the novel “Crazy Rich Asians” on which the 2018 film is based.

“It’s a very complicated process because visually sometimes a novel doesn’t make as much sense as it does on screen in a direct adaptation,” Golding said in a Digital Spy Interview 2020. “So you really have to change it to make it interesting,”

A sequel to “Crazy Rich Asians” was immediately greenlit by Warner Bros. following the success of the first film, which grossed $174.5 million in North America. As the first American film since “The Joy Luck Club” 25 years before it featured an Asian cast, writer and director, the film has renewed demands in Hollywood for better AAPI representation in film and television.

But development plans were stalled after a Hollywood Reporter revealed Adele Lim was paid about an eighth of what co-writer Peter Chiarelli was paid to write ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, Warner’s justification Bros. being that Lim had made his feature debut with the film while Chiarelli had cinematic experience dating back to the 2009 film “The Proposal”.

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Lim left the sequel and has since written the screenplay for Disney’s animated film ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ and is attached to write another film for Disney, as well as making her directorial debut with a project of upcoming comedy for Lionsgate with Ashley Park.

Wang is replaced by Kaplan/Perrone and Jackoway, Austin, Tyerman. The deal was first reported by Deadline.

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