Crazy Rich Asians is the romantic comedy everyone is talking about.
The novel-based movie had its American premiere on August 15 and shattered box office expectations.
Those excited to see the rom-com will have to wait three weeks for its arrival in UK cinemas.
With critics lauding the cast and story, Crazy Rich Asians has already been touted as the first, much needed, step in the right direction for representation on screen.
Will there be a Crazy Rich Asians 2?
The answer is at once tentative and enthusiastic: yes.
On August 22, Warner Brothers announced a sequel to the hit movie is in development.
The convoluted world of movie making means Warner Bros has not yet officially greenlighted the sequel.
This is standard practice for a studio, opting for a wait-and-see approach with a new franchise, but has confirmed it is moving forward on development.
The novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan has other books in the series, and there are plenty of stories still to tell.
WB has the tentative plan to bring back screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim for the sequel, though no deals have been struck as of yet.
John Chu, director of Crazy Rich Asians, has a full schedule but sources have said he would return for the sequel.
The full trilogy of Kwan’s novels include China Rich Girlfriend (2015) and Rich People Problems (2017)
“We have a plan with Kevin for the next two films,” producer Brad Simpson said.
A sequel is likely given Crazy Rich Asian’s unprecedented success – it has opened better than any rom-com since Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck in 2015.
Not only that, the movie has also out-opened every other comedy this year, solidifying Chu as a director.
Featuring an all Asian cast, the story firmly sets the experiences of Asians and Asian-Americans at its forefront, tackling issues of identity and wealth all in a perfectly made up rom-com package.
Plenty of expectation was heaped on Crazy Rich Asians, and it has not only met but surpassed those expectations.
The stars of Crazy Rich Asians include American comedian Constance Wu as Rachel and British-Malaysian Henry Golding as her fiance Nick.
British household name Gemma Chan also stars as Nick’s friend Astrid, along with rapper Awkwafina who appeared in Ocean’s 8.
Michelle Yeoh steals the show as Nick’s mother, who, in typical rom-com fashion, does not approve of her son’s girlfriend.
With three weeks still to wait for a UK release, the chances of Crazy Rich Asians 2 arriving anytime soon is a longshot, but all signs point to a sequel on the horizon.
Crazy Rich Asians is out in UK cinemas on September 14, 2018.