Adele Lim sitting in the director’s chair. The writer of “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Crazy Rich Asians” is set to direct with an R-rated comedy film for Lionsgate and Point Gray Pictures. Variety broke the news.
The picture, which is currently untitled, is expected to go into production this fall and will star Tony and Grammy-nominated actress Ashley Park, whose recent roster includes “Girls5Eva” and “Emily in Paris.” The project follows “four Asian American women as they travel.” Across Asia in search of one of their mothers. Along the way, their experience becomes one of bonding, friendship, belonging, and unbridled brutal debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.”
“Awkwafina Is Nora From Queen” “Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao write the script from a story by Chevapravatdumrong, Hsiao and Lim.
“This journey began with Sherry and Theresa — my friends and comic writing heroes — and they want to tell a story with characters who are like us, about women who are messy and thirsty, but have a lot of heart,” Lim said. “Point Gray and Lionsgate have been wonderful allies and partners since day one, and I’m thrilled to be my first director with them on a story so special to me.”
Shivapravatdomrong and Hsiao added, “We wrote a film that we wanted to see grow up – featuring strong, smart, funny, and yes, erotic women – and we’re so excited to be working with Point Gray and Lionsgate to share this story with the world.”
Lim’s television writing credits include “Private Practice” and “One Tree Hill”.
“Crazy Rich Asians” has grossed more than $238 million at the worldwide box office. “In the aftermath of the film, there is hope that there will be more Asian Americans and people of color of color out there and that will motivate the people who have the strength to green light projects and give these projects a chance,” Lim said in a 2018 interview.
Park received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Gretchen Winners in the Broadway musical “Mean Girls”.