‘Crazy Rich Asians’ co-writer Adele Lim walks away from sequel because she wasn't getting paid as much as a white man
"Crazy Rich Asians" was groundbreaking; not only did the film help resuscitate the rom-com, a genre believed to be dead, but it paved the way for Asian representation in Hollywood. The film opened at No. 1 at the box office and made nearly $238.5 million worldwide, proving that inclusion is also viable. But when it comes to compensating female Asian writers, "Crazy Rich Asians" is business as usual.
The movie's co-writer, Adele Lim, left the franchise after finding out her white male counterpart would make ten times as much as her for the sequel. While Lim didn't specify how much more Peter Chiarelli, her male co-writer, would be making for the film, the Hollywood Reporter stated Chiarelli's starting offer was around $800,000 to $1 million, while Lim's was $110,000-plus.
Quotes are set based on experience, and per the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. didn't want to "set a troubling precedent in the business" by paying Lim more money. Lim had multiple TV credits under her belt, but no feature credits before "Crazy Rich Asians."
- Crazy Rich Asians Writer Leaves Sequel Following Gross Gender ... ›
- 'Crazy Rich Asians' Co-Writer Adele Lim Leaves Sequel Over ... ›
- Crazy Rich Asians co-writer quits after being offered eighth of ... ›
- Adele Lim Quits 'Crazy Rich Asians' Sequels Over Pay Inequity ... ›
- 'Crazy Rich Asians' Co-Writer Departs Over Pay Disparity – Variety ›
- 'Crazy Rich Asians' writer Adele Lim says she is leaving because of ... ›
- Crazy Rich Asians co-writer Adele Lim exits sequel over pay disparity ›
- Adele Lim leaves 'Crazy Rich Asians' sequel over pay disparity - Los ... ›
- 'Crazy Rich Asians' Co-Screenwriter Adele Lim Exits Sequel Amid ... ›
- 'Crazy Rich Asians' Writer Adele Lim Quit Sequels Due To Unequal ... ›