Given both the amazing critical and commercial success of the film, which made over $35 million it its five-day opening, ET has learned that Warner Bros. is moving forward with developing a sequel. The sequel will naturally be based on the second book of writer Kevin Kwan's trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend, which also includes a third novel, Rich People Problems. The studio is eyeing director Jon M. Chu to return for the sequel, though there isn't a deal with the writers or a script yet.
"I'm down, for sure," he told ET. "I won't let anyone else!"
*** Warning, below are a few spoilers.
Crazy Rich Asians actually teases a possible sequel with a mid-credits scene featuring Astrid (Gemma Chan) and Charlie Wu (Harry Shum Jr.) glancing heatedly at one another at the engagement party for Nick (Henry Golding) and Rachel (Constance Wu). The ending of the film sees Astrid walk away from her marriage to Michael (Pierre Png) after learning he was unfaithful, opening the door for China Rich Girlfriend to focus more on Astrid and Charlie's relationship. Charlie and Astrid were once engaged, though her family disapproved of him for being new money, and the rekindling of their relationship plays out over the trilogy.
Although the sequel has not officially been greenlit by Warner Bros., it's hard to imagine the tight cast not returning.
"This is what I’m realizing about Asian Americans who are seeing the movie. They feel an overwhelming emotion that they don’t understand, but I’ve come to now realize is that that emotion is the privilege of representation," she noted. "Growing up in a country that you love, that you have integrated into, where this is your country and this is your home but you’re not reflected adequately in the media. When you finally get that, it’s such an overwhelming experience and it moves them to tears. That’s what’s really beautiful -- not only about this movie specifically, but the idea of inclusion and the idea of authentic stories, they just need to exist and it’s OK for everyone. They’re not encroaching on other communities, they’re not saying 'it’s only for one,' it’s an inclusive movement.