Deadline is exclusively reporting that a Crazy Rich Asians spinoff is in early development at Warner Bros., focusing on Gemma Chan’s Astrid Young Teo and Harry Shum Jr.’s Charlie Wu, with Jason Kim attached to pen the script.
The synopsis for Crazy Rich Asians is as follows:
The film follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu, accompanying her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.
The report states that Jason Kim made a great pitch to the studio about Astrid and Charlie’s love story, leading to the studio bringing him on board.
Following the success of Crazy Rich Asians in 2018, earning $238.8m worldwide on a modest $30m budget, it wasn’t long until the studio pulled the trigger in greenlighting a sequel, which is being written by Amy Wang. The sequel and spinoff films will be based on Kevin Kwan’s second book in the trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend, which not only covers the Astrid and Charlie relationship, but also focuses on Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick (Henry Golding) on a trip to Shanghai to find Rachel’s birth father.