“Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu has addressed the salary dispute between screenwriter Adele Lim and the studio.
Reports suggested that her co-writer Peter Chiarelli was offered $800,000 to $1 million and only $110,000+ for Lim.
“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. It was both educational and powerful to hear all facets of the debate,” Chu’s Twitter account read. “Unfortunately by the time we came up with several different ways to satisfy everyone’s needs, a lot of time had passed and she declined the offer. These things happen in negotiations, and I’m proud that she was able to stand up for her own measure of worth and walk away when she felt like she was being undervalued.”
Chu finished his open letter, saying, “That said, the door is always open for Adele and if there’s another shot at making it work I know we are all for it but that’s a personal and private conversation between ourselves. In the meantime, Thank you for being loud, thank you for caring and your support. More to do. More to say. More to learn.”
While speaking to ET Canada’s Graeme O’Neil, Constance Wu said that it was a surprise to her when the news about Lim broke. “I’m not a producer so I don’t know about any of that stuff. I just know I’m signed on to do two and three,” she said.
“I was surprised because I know her value of as a writer,” Wu added. “But I wasn’t surprised because I know how pay disparity has been throughout Hollywood history.”