'Crazy Rich Asians' Sequel Loses Screenwriter Over Pay Disparity
Adele Lim was reportedly offered "$110,000-plus." Her co-writer, Peter Chiarelli, was offered $800,000 to $1 million.
The upcoming sequel to "Crazy Rich Asians" is down a screenwriter.
Adele Lim, one of the 2018 rom-com's screenwriters, told The Hollywood Reporter she's left the project over what she alleges was a massive pay disparity between her and her co-writer, Peter Chiarelli.
Lim wouldn't say exactly how large the gap was between the two salaries. But sources told the publication Lim's starting offer for the sequel was "$110,000-plus," while Chiarelli's was $800,000 to $1 million.
It's important to note the two writers' resumes, which are often taken into account in these types of Hollywood deals. Chiarelli has much more experience writing for feature films, having penned scripts for 2009's "The Proposal" and 2016's "Now You See Me 2." But Lim had only worked in TV prior to "Crazy Rich Asians."
But remember: Warner Bros. promoted "Crazy Rich Asians" as a film about people of Asian descent made by people of Asian descent. So it comes across as a major misstep that the film's Asian screenwriter was offered at best one-eighth of what her white, male colleague stood to make.
Lim ultimately walked away, even though she was later offered more money and Chiarelli offered to split part of his fee with her. She's currently working on the script for an upcoming animated Disney flick starring actress and rapper Awkwafina.
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