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Gemma Chan backs Crazy Rich Asians screenwriter Adele Lim who quit sequel over pay dispute

Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan has voiced her support for screenwriter Adele Lim (Picture: Getty)

Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan has voiced her support for screenwriter Adele Lim who quit work on the sequel after a pay dispute.

Producers on the upcoming sequels had hired Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli – who co-wrote the 2018 hit comedy – to pen the two follow-ups, one of which will focus on Chans character.

But Lim walked away from the movies after she was offered a fee significantly lower than her collaborator by the studio Warner Bros, and now, Chan – who played Astrid in the first film – has backed the writer.

[I] stand with @adeleBlim and fully support her, as I do every person fighting for pay equity. Pay disparity disproportionately affects women and POC and there is still a long way to go – both in the conversation and how to rectify it, tweeted Chan, sharing director Jon M. Chus own statement.

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We can and must do better, faster.

After departing the project Lim stated that being evaluated that way cant help but make you feel that is how they view my contributions.

Malaysian writer Lim had also admitted she felt women of colour are viewed as soy sauce and hired to work purely for cultural accuracy, rather than to have a substantial role in telling a story.

Adele Lim
Lim walked away from the movies after she was offered a fee significantly lower than her collaborator (Picture: Getty)

She was also backed by the films director Jon M. Chu, who took to Twitter with a lengthy statement to address the situation as he told his followers that you bet your ass I stand with Adele adding that he agrees with Adele that parity for women and people of colour is crucial to the continued enlightenment of our industry.

As many of you can imagine negotiations are tough and more often than not messy – no matter who you are in this industry, he shared.

The studio always comes in with a low offer and the talent always comes in with a high one and then everyone enters the process knowing theyll be lots of back and forth to find where we meet.

But because I am close with Adele when I discovered she was unhappy with the initial offer, the producers, myself and studio executives leapt into action to ensure we got to a place of parity between the two writers at a significant number.

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It was both educational and powerful to hear all facets of the debate. Unfortunately by the time we came up with several different ways to satisfy everyoneRead More – Source

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