Warner Bros. is developing a sequel to its groundbreaking hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” which earned $35 million at the box office over its five-day opening weekend. Deadline reports that the studio is keeping the hit-making team together, bringing back director Jon M. Chu, as well as writers Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim. Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force and John Penotti of Ivanhoe already have rights to the next two books in Kevin Kwan’s best-selling trilogy, “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems.”
Warners has not officially greenlit the sequel, but all the pieces are in place. “Let the audience ask for the sequel,” Jacobson told Deadline. “We’d love to make one, but not unless the audience asks for it, and hopefully they will this weekend.” The movie’s $35 million opening weekend outperformed estimates, which predicted only $18 million, so it seems the audience has spoken—loudly.
Chu previously directed studio blockbusters such as “Now You See Me 2” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” but has now proven himself to be a multi-genre box-office force with “Crazy Rich Asians.” He is currently at work on a film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical “In The Heights,” set for a June 2020 release.