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Amy Tan, the author of The Joy Luck Club, and Ronald Bass (The Rain Man screenwriter), have teamed up to extend stories surrounding this bestseller.
The film depicted the lives of generations of Chinese women told from the perspectives of mothers and their first generation American born daughters. However, with any story comes life’s conflicts of love, tragedy, strength and triumph. It also highlighted how and why the characters left China behind and trauma they endured.
The ensemble cast included Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu and Kieu Chinh, Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao and Russell Wong.
Fans may expect the mothers in the original film will have become grandmothers, and the daughters are now mothers.
This presents new, more modern issues the women will have to deal with as they deal with a new generation of women more Americanized than their predecessors. However, the plot means new opportunities for Asian and Pacific Islander identifying actors.
The film is being put together by Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group. Ashok and Priya Amritraj will produce it alongside Tan, Bass and Jeff Kleeman. As of now, a director has not been announced.
Moreover, the timing for a sequel is perfect, actually. In recent years there has been a strong push for inclusion, propelling Asian American actors and Asian centered films to the forefront of entertainment.
In 2018, Crazy Rich Asians became a box office hit among a widespread audience of all cultures in the U.S. Sitcoms such as Fresh Off The Boat was a celebrated series on ABC for years, and 2019’s The Farewell, staring actress Awkafina, was an instant classic.
The Joy Luck Club itself was a massive hit in 1993 and garnered twenty-eight million dollars in North America and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for best adapted screenplay.
During an interview, Amritraj spoke on how the film will impact today’s inclusive and diverse culture saying,
“Now more than ever it is important to share authentic stories about the Asian-American experience.”
“We believe this film will speak to wide audiences with its narrative rooted in humanity and connection.”
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