The sequel for Crazy Rich Asians has been stalled because Adele Lim has quit.
The film ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, was released last year. It released a lot of critical acclaims. Jon M Chu directed the movie.
Furthermore, Warner Bros. has decided to shoot two more films back to back after the first one became a hit. The upcoming sequels will be based on Kwan’s books China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.
However, now The Hollywood Reporter reported that Adele Lim, the co-writer of the screenplay has quit the project. She claims that she was being paid way less than her fellow writer, Peter Chiarelli.
Lim told the news outlet, “Being evaluated that way can’t help but make you feel that is how they view my contributions.” Further saying that her contribution was used as “soy sauce” to only add cultural details to the films.
Rumors claim that Chiarelli was being paid $800,000 to $1million for films. While Lim was only making around $110,000 plus.
Warner Bros. claims that the pay gap is due to Chiarelli’s experience. He is known for writing the screenplay for well-known movies like Now You See Me 2 and The Proposal. While this is Adele Lim’s first time writing for a film.
Previously, Peter Chiarelli offered to split his pay with the Malaysian born Lim. However, she refused his offer. Adele Lim said, “Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn’t be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer.”
“If I couldn’t get pay equity after CRA, I can’t imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for how much you’re worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of color would never have been (hired for). There’s no realistic way to achieve true equity that way,” she added.
The film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina.
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