Chiarelli is still writing the back-to-back sequels, which are based on Kevin Kwan's books "China Rich Girlfriend" and "Rich People Problems".
In a lengthy post on social media, Chu wrote that he stands by Lim and her decision to part ways with the Warner Bros. project. "I am, of course, frustrated that we all can't do the next one together but I think the conversation this has started is MUCH more important".
He stated negotiations "are tough and more often than not messy - no matter who you are in this industry". That meant she would never get paid what she deserved. "It was both educational and powerful to hear all the facets of the debate".
Despite being unable to reunite on the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, Chu said he looked forward to working with Lim "in the future and [I] respect the hell out of her". Chiarelli also offered to split his pay, she said.
"These things occur in negotiations, and I'm proud that she was able to stand up for her individual evaluate of truly worth and wander absent when she felt like she was becoming undervalued", Chu claimed. Adele Lim, meanwhile, was offered around $110,000. Negotiations with Warner Bros. stalled and Lim left.
The Crazy Rich Asians sequel is having trouble getting off the ground following an intense pay scandal. "There's no realistic way to achieve true equity that way".
"Crazy Rich Asians" stars Golding, who plays the film's male lead, and Nico Santos also retweeted Chu's statement.
"Peter has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn't be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer", Lim said. 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.
Director Jon M. Chu addressed the controversy and said that, while he's disappointed that she isn't returning, he's proud of Lim for standing up for herself. "I agree with Adele that parity for women and people of color is crucial to the continued enlightenment of our industry and we still have a long way to go". "What I discovered personally by means of this method is there are even now matters to debate among ourselves (like value of knowledge vs lack of opportunity, Television vs film composing, work activities vs daily life knowledge, resourceful contribution valuations etc) which I am certain will not be very simple responses but I know we ought to check out to determine it out to hold the needle shifting".
"What I do know is we, as a community, should not go after my friend Chiarelli in our movie".
"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. Whenever things do get back on track, Jon M Chu said the door is open for Adele Lim to return. "We did this together".
Crazy Rich Asians was the first major Hollywood production to feature a majority Asian cast since 1993's The Joy Luck Club.
The director concluded his post with an open invitation to Lim. "If there's another shot at making it work I know we are all for it but that's a personal and private conversation between ourselves", he said.