EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Color Force have appointed emerging Chinese-Australian writer Amy Wang to write Crazy Rich Asians 2† Deadline can reveal† replacing Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim after a 2019 pay equality controversy.
Wang will take on sole writing duties for Jon M. Chu’s sequel starring Henry Golding and Constance Wu, Deadline understands, which comes after the successful first feature film of 2018 that followed a Chinese-American professor’s experience meeting her boyfriend’s mega-wealthy Singaporean family. Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh also starred in the first feature film.
The plot and further details are being kept secret for the expected sequel, and a third film is also planned.
Wang is a story editor on Netflix brothers sun from Brad Falchuk and Byron Wu and also worked on the same streamer’s Zoe Saldana starring From scratch.
She is currently writing and directing a horror film for Paramount Players/QC Entertainment and has directed shows, including an upcoming episode of Starz’s blind spotting and Facebooks The Birch. She won a Cannes Lion Award for her short film Unnatural in 2018.
Wang is represented by Kaplan/Perrone and Jackoway, Austin, Tyerman.
In 2019, about a year later Crazy Rich Asians lightened the box office, Lim walked away from the two planned sequels after it was revealed she was paid nearly 10 times less than The proposal writer Chiarelli, making a business case that Chiarelli was a seasoned writer and Lim was largely a TV writer.
Chu responded at the time with a lengthy statement saying he stands behind Lim and is proud “that she was able to stand up for her own worth and walk away when she felt she was undervalued.”
Once the news went public, Chu said he spoke to Lim and Warner executives to try and reach parity, but by then “a lot of time had passed and she declined the offer.”