Following nearly four years since Warner Bros. began work on Crazy Rich Asians 2, Henry Golding delivers a rather disappointing update.
WB quickly began work on a follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians, which soared to box office success with nearly $238 million in box office revenue against a $30 million budget, though it may not get off the ground anytime soon.
The romantic comedy, directed by Jon M. Chu, received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences, with praise directed toward the cast's performances, screenplay and production design, and garnered two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture.
What Does Henry Golding Say about Crazy Rich Asians 2?
The original 2018 romantic comedy was based on Kevin Kwan's 2013 novel of the same name and followed Chinese-American professor Rachel Chu as she travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young, played by Golding, to attend his best friend's wedding. When she arrives, she discovers that Nick comes from one of the country's wealthiest families, and she finds herself the center of attention due to her humble origins in America.
Golding gave an update on Crazy Rich Asians 2 while speaking with EOnline about his role in the Jane Austen drama Persuasion. The 35-year-old actor said he "can't wait to get back to Singapore" for the long-awaited sequel, but hinted that he and his cast would not be returning anytime soon. Said Golding:
"I always bug [director Jon M. Chu] about it and he tells him the same thing every time: They're trying to figure out the writing. I know they're working on it, but hopefully sooner than later."
Crazy Rich Asians Co-Writer Turns Down WB Offer
Golding's Crazy Rich Asians 2 update may disappoint fans of the original film, but it should come as no surprise to those who have followed the project's development cycle. After initially moving forward with adaptations of Kwan's sequel novels, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems, with co-writer Adele Lim expected to return, the project was derailed when the latter left due to a wage inequality issue in 2019.
Lim attributed the low salary offer to racism and sexism in Hollywood, with Chu expressing his support for the writer, while Lim later rejected an alternative offer from WB.
Furthermore, Chu is now working on adaptations of both Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! and Wicked for the big screen, the rom-com sequel may not be released anytime soon. For now, you can watch the first Crazy Rich Asians film on HBO Max.
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