The image of Asians in Western society isn’t exactly that great, especially Oriental Asians. Actually, to most dumbass Westerners (read: Yanks) Asians = Chinese. The last thing we need is more misconceptions clogging up the place. So when I heard about this project, I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of it.
The Hollywood Reporter brought word today that the 2013 best-selling novel “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan is being made into a movie under Warner Bros. By Jon M Chu, the director who gave us one of the worst movies of the last few years, “Jem And The Holograms”. Not quite a good sign.
Here’s the book’s official description: “When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.
Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.”
Yeah, it sounds like more of the same tropes about the Chinese; that they’re an image and money-obsessed bunch. Yippee. But apparently the book is pretty funny, so what do I know. Another good sign is that they’ve confirmed their lead actress, with Constance Wu of the hit Tv comedy “Fresh Off The Boat” set to star. She’s the best thing about the show, and although this role is hardly a stretch, it’s probably a good stepping stone for her to a big screen career.
“Crazy Rich Asians” is adapted for the big screen by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, while author Kwan himself will executive produce.