The director of Crazy Rich Asians has lent his support to the film’s co-writer after she walked away from two planned sequels in an equal pay dispute.
Adele Lim dropped out after saying she was to be paid far less than what another writer, Peter Chiarelli, would earn.
She told the Hollywood Reporter she felt women and people of colour were often used as “soy sauce” – added to give a project a veneer of cultural authenticity.
Lim’s concerns reignited the debate over Hollywood’s gender pay gap.
Now Jon M Chu, who directed the 2018 romantic comedy, which proved to be a huge box office success as well as being lauded for its majority Asian cast upon its release last year, has waded into the debate.
He said “you bet your ass I stand with Adele”, before shedding light on the negotiation process between studios and filmmakers, in this case Warner Bros.
He said negotiations “are tough and more often than not messy – no matter who you are in this industry”.
Chu, who will direct Crazy Rich Asians two and three, said he, producers and studio executives intervened when they discovered Lim was unhappy with her initial offer.