Things You Didn’t Know About Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is one of the most anticipated movies this summer and is the perfect blend of drama and opulence. Centering around the relationship between Nick and Rachel, the film follows the two as they arrive in Singapore where Rachel learns just how wealthy Nick’s family is and how much they disapprove of her relationship with their son. With the film’s premiere coming up on August 15, check out these 12 things you didn’t know about Crazy Rich Asians:
12. Based on a Book by the Same Name
Crazy Rich Asians is based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel of the same name. He wrote it in 2013 and followed it up with China Rich Girlfriend in 2015 and Rich People Problems in 2017. Producer Nina Jacobson purchased the rights to the book in 2014 so that she could adapt it into a film and then that same year partnered with US-based Asian film investment group Ivanhoe Pictures to produce the film. In 2016, Jon M. Chu was hired to direct the film adaptation and Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli wrote the screenplay.
11. They Turned Down a Deal with Netflix
There was an intense bidding war for Crazy Rich Asians. Although Warner Bros. ended up winning, Netflix had made quite the offer, which included “complete artistic freedom, a greenlighted trilogy and huge, seven-figure-minimum paydays for each stakeholder, upfront.” While the book’s writer Kevin Kwan and director Jon M. Chu were tempted to accept Netflix’s offer, they decided that they wanted to debut the film on the big screen. “Jon and I both felt this sense of purpose,” Kwan told The Hollywood Reporter. “We needed this to be an old-fashioned cinematic experience, not for fans to sit in front of a TV and just press a button.” In an interview with Vulture, Chu elaborated on their decision to reject Netflix’s multi-million-dollar deal. “If it came down to money, what are we actually trying to do here?” he said. “Taking it to the theater, it’s a symbol that a Hollywood studio system thinks it has value, and we were all in a position in our careers where we didn’t need the money anyway.” The result was that Kwan and Chu became more invested in the film. “It put us emotionally all in and upped the stakes. Without that, we wouldn’t be doing this marketing push. It would just be on the front page of Netflix or wherever it could end up.”