“Amazon has been a wonderful partner over the last several years"
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan is developing a new drama series with Amazon.
Produced by STX Entertainment’s STXtv, the untitled series explores the lives of Hong Kong’s most influential and powerful family and their business empire.
Will Graham will be the executive producer and Hailey Wierengo will co-executive produce. Kwan co-created the series with David Sangalli.
“STX is proving to be a new creative force in television, and their focus on diverse storytelling that bridges the East and West was extremely appealing to David and me as we embarked on writing this TV series,” said Kwan.
“Amazon has been a wonderful partner over the last several years and continuing our relationship on this project felt like a natural next step. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with someone of Will Graham’s caliber as we bring this story to life.”
Jada Mirand, EVP and the head of scripted television at STXtv praised the series for its “East-meets-West” style.
“This series is precisely the type of East-meets-West material that STX is uniquely positioned to develop across all of our divisions,” Mirand said. “We are so pleased to be able to partner with Amazon, whose established relationship with Kevin and support of his literary career make them the perfect platform to launch his first TV project.”
“The ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ trilogy remains one of Amazon’s top fiction best-sellers because millions of passionate fans around the world can’t get enough of Kevin’s exuberant brand of storytelling. We can’t wait to bring the wildly entertaining world he and David created with this series to Prime audiences worldwide.”
Crazy Rich Asians will be released on 15 August and is one of the five films featuring Asians we’re recommending this month.
In related news, a film poster of Crazy Rich Asians was vandalised with racist graffiti in Vancouver.