‘Crazy Rich Asians‘ was a huge success when it was released in 2018. It received rave reviews from critics and brought in over $230 million against a budget of just $30 million.
You know what that means, right? SEQUELS! It was announced pretty early on that a sequel was being developed. Director Jon M. Chu was expected to return, along with screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.
Unfortunately, things have been put on pause because of a pay disparity dispute. Adele Lim, who was brought on as a co-writer by Chiarelli for the first film, has dropped out of this sequel after learning just how much more Chiarelli was being offered.
According to insiders, Chiarelli was expected to make around $1 million for this sequel. Meanwhile, Lim was offered around $110,000.
That’s kinda f**ked up, yeah?
“Being evaluated that way can’t help but make you feel that is how they view my contributions,” Lim told reporters. She continued by saying she believes women and people of color often are regarded as “soy sauce,” simply brought in to sprinkle culturally specific details.
Warner Bros. told Lim’s reps that the offers are “industry-standard established ranges based on experience and that making an exception would set a troubling precedent in the business.”
For those wondering, Chiarelli has written The Proposal and Now You See Me 2. Lim was a TV writer before joining Crazy Rich Asians as a co-writer.