'Crazy Rich Asians' author wanted in Singapore over national service

'Crazy Rich Asians' author wanted in Singapore over national service

The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, has been widely praised as a breakthrough for Asian-American and southeast Asian representation at the US box office, where the last film with an all-Asian cast was 1993's The Joy Luck Club. There it earned $34 million in its opening five days.

The timing of the announcement is somewhat curious, just as Kwan is basking in the success of a ground-breaking hit in the USA but it comes after Singaporean media approached Government officials for comment on Kwan's status.

Kevin Kwan, who has lived in the U.S. since he was 11 but is still a Singapore citizen, faces up to three years in jail and a hefty fine if convicted, the city-state's defence ministry said.

Crazy Rich Asians ends with revelations about Rachel's (Constance Wu) father, whom she believed to be dead, but who is actually alive and living in Asia, as Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh) learned from her private investigator.

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It opened in Singapore Tuesday to packed audiences, who, for the most part loved what they saw.

Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2) directed the contemporary romantic comedy, based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan.

And like clockwork, one week after the film's release, The Hollywood Reporter let loose the news that Warner Brothers has officially moved forward on development of the second book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend. Color Force's Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games films) and Brad Simpson (World War Z), and Ivanhoe Pictures' John Penotti (Hell or High Water) produced the film, with executive producers Tim Coddington, Kevin Kwan, Robert Friedland, and Sidney Kimmel serving as executive producers.

According to Deadline, screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim are set to return to write the script soon.

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