AceShowbiz - Despite the success of "Crazy Rich Asians", Warner Bros. Pictures is not fast-tracking its sequel. The decision, however, has nothing to do with the studio's reluctance to make the follow-up movie, but rather because of the availability of the cast and crew of the romantic comedy movie.
Speaking to Deadline after the film scored two nominations at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson who produced the movie through their Color Force production label says Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli are currently working on the script. However, the production will not commence until 2020, because director Jon M. Chu is already committed to the feature adaptation of the Tony Award winner "In the Heights", which will be filmed next year.
To compensate fans for the long wait for the sequel, they plan to shoot "Crazy Rich Asians 2" and "Crazy Rich Asians 3" back-to-back. "We'll make it up to them on the back end by shooting two films together," Jacobson promises.
Commenting on "Crazy Rich Asians" nominations at the Golden Globes, Simpson says, "Audiences have been ready for a while - it's corporate and the studios who are just waking up, and this year has proved it. The fact that three best picture titles center around black characters ('Black Panther', 'If Beale Street Could Talk' and 'BlacKkKlansman') and another with Asian characters reflects the sea of change we're seeing."
Constance Wu, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for her role as Rachel Chu, says the nod is not just about her, but also a symbol of the rise of interest in Asian culture in Hollywood. "This is the goal not just for Asian-Americans but any under-represented group," she tells Deadline.
She explains, "When you're a kid and you don't see stories that center your type of experience, you can start to kind of question your own value and whether your way is the right way to be an American. When people invest in projects that center on Asian-American expression, it tells people who don't live in major cities that their journey and their culture is part of being an American and that their story is one that people value and want to see."
"Crazy Rich Asians" scored the second nomination for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. The winners in all categories will be announced on January 6.