There’s nothing us heathens in the U.S. love more than drooling into a snack and watching excessively wealthy people flaunt what we’ll never have: cold hard cash. That’s why Keeping Up With The Kardashians is on its millionth season and why Sex & The City somehow made two movies after the show ended. Crazy Rich Asians roared into movie theaters last weekend and and is now #1 at the box office. Naturally, that means a Crazy Rich sequel is in the works.
The Hollywood Reporter says the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, will be based on the second book in the trilogy of novels. Even though Warner Brothers hasn’t officially said yes to the project, the $35.3 million opening weekend (the movie’s production cost was $30 million) and good word-of-mouth are expected to make the studio move forward with its options on the following two books. Jon M. Chu, the director of the first movie, is expected to come back for the second movie even though his hands are a little tied up doing a film version of Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights.
The first CRA movie itself also kind of teased a sequel because the credits fire up after (SPOILER ALERT) everyone is on the rooftop at the end celebrating Nick and Rachel (Henry Golding and Constance Wu, respectively) getting engaged. However, they briefly stop to show Nick’s cousin, played by Gemma Chan, eye-fucking Mike from Glee (also know as Harry Shum Jr., or Charlie in the film).
The second movie will be all about how those two get together, and it is also expected to follow Nick and Rachel living in wedded bliss and tracking down her father in China. The cast still hasn’t signed on for the next movie, which means they’re all holding out for more coin. It’s up in the air if they’ll actually be allowed to film in China since the country is nothing like us and tries to downplay its wealth. Sigh, if only we had done that following the Juicy Couture tracksuit/Von Dutch hat era.