One of 2018's biggest surprise hits gets a sequel

Lawrence Kim
August 24, 2018

In the wake of the success of the groundbreaking romantic comedy, adapted from author Kevin Kwan's bestseller about Singapore's ultra-rich Chinese elite, The Warner Bros.is in the early stages of developing a sequel.

The 44-year-old Kwan, who was born in Singapore, did not register for national service in 1990 even though he was sent warnings, the Straits Times reports.

The plans for a sequel emerged as Singapore's defence ministry said that author Kwan, also an executive producer on the Crazy Rich Asians film, is wanted for defaulting on his compulsory military service.

Singapore's government said Kwan was wanted for "defaulting on his NS obligations" for failing to register for the service in 1990 and for staying overseas without a valid exit permit. It also accused him of having remained overseas without a valid exit permit. "Mr Kwan has committed offenses under the Enlistment Act, and is liable to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three years upon conviction", it added.

Kwan apparently tried and failed to renounce his Singapore citizenship without serving in 1994; an appeal was also unsuccessful.

Singapore requires all male citizens 18 years of age and above to serve for two years in its army, police or civil defense forces.

The film, which stars Constance Wu as a college professor who travels to Singapore to meet the wealthy family her boyfriend played by Henry Golding, topped the box office last weekend and has brought in close to $45 million its opening week.

The movie is the first Hollywood film centred around an all-Asian cast in 25 years with the last being the 1993 film Joy Luck Club directed by Wayne Wang.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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