After a Hollywood bidding war the Crazy Rich Asians screenplay has been purchased by Warner Bros. The film is a refreshing addition to the usual line-up of blockbuster movies. Based on the book of the same name Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American professor and her boyfriend, Nick Young, a wealthy heir from Singapore.
Variety reports the film is one of a just a few all-asian cast projects in the United States. Memoirs of a Geisha was the most recent and Joy Luck Club, a classic, came out way back in 1993.
“Inclusion is good business,” says film producer Nina Jacobson. “Inclusion is a way of reaching new and broader audiences and keeping material fresh.”
“At a time where we keep asking how we can compete with TV and other offerings, it’s important to give people something different. We’re taking them to a world that hasn’t been shown much on film.”
They’re hoping to start production in the spring and in the meantime need to find actors to star in the adaptation. Here’s hoping they cast Asian actors from the right ethnic group, unlike other Hollywood productions that consider all Asians interchangeable.
Author Kevin Kwan will executive produce the film. Crazy Rich Asians is the first in his trilogy followed by China Rich Girlfriend and yet-to-be-published Rich People Problems.
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