Crazy Rich Asians' Jon M. Chu speaks up on pay issue

Lawrence Kim
September 11, 2019

Despite the fact that Lim declined to expose any numbers, resources told THR that Chiarelli was at first available $800,000 to $one million and Lim $110,000-furthermore. Negotiations with Warner Bros. stalled and Lim left.

Chu made it very clear that he had no hard feelings toward Lim for leaving the project, and looks forward to collaborating on something in the future. In his response, Chu describes the various facets of the negotiation.

In a prolonged statement posted to Twitter, Chu, a Palo Alto native, wrote, "For individuals of you who are inquiring, you wager your a- I stand with Adele!"

In a lengthy letter on Twitter, "Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu defended Adele Lim, the movie's cowriter who walked away from the sequel over pay disparity.

Chu concluded his statement by noting that "the door is always open for Adele" should Lim choose to return to the sequel. After five months of looking for another Asian writer, the studio came back to Lim in February with a higher offer, closer to her co-writer's, but she passed on the job. I believed in her before we ever shot the movie and believe in her beyond.

"I agree with Adele that parity for women and people of colour is crucial to the continued enlightenment of our industry and we still have a long way to go", he added.

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Ken Jeong Constance Wu Henry Golding Gemma Chan Awkwafina and Jing Lusi who star in Crazy Rich Asians

Chiarelli, who became known for writing Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock's "The Proposal", reportedly tried to convince Lim to stay by offering to split his fee.

Warner Bros. declined to comment to Business Insider at the time.

Chu also noted that Chiarelli shouldn't be depicted as the lousy guy in the pay back-dispute saga.

Chu also asked that his community not go after Chiarelli, explaining that the writer wrote two drafts of the script months before Chu joined the project with Lim and that he came back to work on the movie before they started shooting. "But mainly because I am near with Adele, when I uncovered she was disappointed with the first supply, the producers, myself and studio executives leapt into motion to ensure we bought to a location of parity amongst the two writers at a sizeable amount".

"He is a fantastic gentleman, a innovative drive and has been a professional in the organization for a lot of several decades, doing several uncredited re-writes (as those in the market know go to only the most dependable writers)", he reported. "We did this together along with many people from the producers, the cast, our editor, our production designer, Kevin Kwan, our sound team, our music team and many many more". Chu goes on to explain how no one writer, or himself, is the author of the film, rather the entire filmmaking team is responsible for building Crazy Rich Asians. However, work on the sequel, and the planned third entry, have stalled. "He is not the author of the film in the end, Adele isn't the author of the film in the end... and I certainly am not. And sometimes we all have to do what's best for our own self worth". In the meantime, thank you for being loud, thank you for caring and your support. More to do. More to say.

"Crazy Rich Asians" stars Golding, who plays the film's male lead, and Nico Santos also retweeted Chu's statement. Lim, who is now writing the script for Walt Disney Animation's Raya and the Last Dragon, chose to speak publicly on the pay disparity to bring awareness to the still-prevalent issue.

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