Possible spoilers ahead so beware! Or not. You’re your own person so do whatever you want.
Crazy Rich Asians was released in cinemas in the US over the past week, and it quickly hit the trifecta of targets for a successful movie: great reviews, great word of mouth, and making more money at the box office than what’s in Scrooge McDuck’s vault.
With Crazy Rich Asians establishing itself as a cash cow with much more milk still left to give, reports are now saying that Warner Bros. is getting the gang back together for a sequel.
The tentative plan is to adapt the sequel novel to Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, into a follow-up movie and to bring back the first film’s original creative team, which consists of director Jon M. Chu, screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, and some producers whom I don’t think you will care too much about.
Now before you get too excited, I have to put a slightly damp blanket over your party because the sequel has yet to be officially greenlit for various reasons.
Firstly, Warner Bros. is taking a “wait-and-see” approach in regards to how successful Crazy Rich Asians will ultimately be. And secondly, Chu is a super busy bloke these days and will likely take up the directing gig after he’s done shooting the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, In the Heights.
Having said all that, I wouldn’t worry too much about a sequel not happening though.
Crazy Rich Asians has already made a big pile of moolah (with much more coming in the following weeks), and considering how much the first movie meant to Chu – just read his heartfelt letter to Coldplay asking to use their song “Yellow” in the film – it’s a question of “when” not “if” a Crazy Rich Asians sequel will happen.
Now I dunno how you all feel about a Crazy Rich Asians sequel, but I simply can’t wait because it more Awkwafina being a lovable weirdo, more heartwrenching feels, and more relatable Asian moments that make me point at the screen while exclaiming “I understood that reference!”
And for certain demographics, I also have no doubt there will also be many more shots of hot shirtless Asian guys. Seriously, the first film was just stacked with them.
Having said all that, none of this really means anything to us Australian moviegoers just yet because the Crazy Rich Asians isn’t released in the country for another week for some reason.
So in the meantime, let’s rejoice over the fact that a beloved movie we haven’t seen (yet) is already getting a sequel, which means more juicy Asian representation on the big screen.