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By Damilola Faustino

The producers of “Crazy Rich Asians,” which doesn’t release in China until the end of next month, are already warming up plans to shoot the film’s sequel in the Middle Kingdom.

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Producer John Penotti, president of SK Global, said that “China Rich Girlfriend” is targeting a shoot in Shanghai. He made the revelation in Los Angeles at the Chinese American Film Festival’s Co-Production Summit.

The sequel is an adaptation of novelist Kevin Kwan’s second book in the “Asians” series. It is located substantially in China and set two years after the events of “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Penotti said that it is unclear whether the producers will attempt to structure “China Rich Girlfriend” as an official China-US co-production. “We certainly tried to make the (first) film as a China-US co-production. But (as a company, we) haven’t been very good at doing co-productions.” “Crazy Rich Asians” was a Warner Bros. Pictures release and presentation and produced by SK Global, Starlight Culture, Color Force, Ivanhoe Pictures and Electric Somewhere.

The title of “China Rich Girlfriend” is a reference to a line in the first movie where the Singapore matriarch, played by Michelle Yeoh, plays down her family’s wealth in comparison with others: “These people aren’t just everyday rich with a few hundred million. They are China rich.”

Read also: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Finally Gets Release Date In China

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