‘Crazy Rich Asians’ team heads to China for sequel

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Los Angeles, Oct 30 (IANS) The producers of “Crazy Rich Asians” are planning to shoot the sequel of the hit film in China.

The film will release in China at the end of next month, but the makers are already warming up plans to shoot the film’s sequel there.

Producer John Penotti, President of SK Global, said that “China Rich Girlfriend” is targeting a shoot in Shanghai.

He shared the details on Monday at the Chinese American Film Festival’s Co-Production Summit here, reports variety.com.

Billed as the first contemporary English language Hollywood movie with an almost all-Asian cast after a long time, “Crazy Rich Asians” is based on the book by Kevin Kwan with the same name.

It tells the story of Chinese-American Rachel Chu, her boyfriend Nick Young and the adventure that they go on when Nick takes Rachel to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding.

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The sequel is an adaptation of Kwan’s second book in the “Asians” series. It is located substantially in China and set two years after the events of “Crazy Rich Asians”.

Penotti said that it is currently unclear whether the producers will attempt to structure “China Rich Girlfriend” as an official China-US co-production, according to variety.com.

“We certainly tried to make the (first) film as a China-US co-production. But (as a company we) haven’t been very good at doing co-productions.”

“Crazy Rich Asians” was a Warner Bros. Pictures release and presentation, and produced by SK Global, Starlight Culture, Color Force, Ivanhoe Pictures, Electric Somewhere.

–IANS

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