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'Crazy Rich Asians' Co-Writer Exits Sequel Amid Pay Disparity Dispute

Adele Lim was offered far less (110k$) than white man Peter Chiarelli ($800k - 41m) last fall and walked away from the project.

Warner claims 'industry standard established ranges', as Chiarelli wrote hits such as "The Proposal" and "Now You See Me 2", and Studio Chairman Emmerich supported his business.

After they couldn't find anyone else, Color Force spent 5 months looking for other Asian writers (Director Jon M. Chu was not involved). Chiarelli offered to split his fee with her and WB offered more money, and Lim still refused.

"f I couldn't get pay equity after CRA, I can't imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for how much you're worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of color would never have been [hired for]." Says Lim. "There's no realistic way to achieve true equity that way."

For now, Chiarelli is writing with Chu, and a treatment was sent to WB in late July. Lim is writing Disney Animation Studios' "Raya and The Last Dragon" for November 2020.

Tags: #crazyrichasians, asian celebrities, film - in development, race / racism, sexism, warner bros

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