Adele Lim, screenwriter of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Raya and the Last Dragon”, will make her directorial debut leading an untitled comedy for Lionsgate and Point Gray Pictures.
The R-rated comedy will star Tony and Grammy-nominated actress Ashley Park, who currently appears in Netflix’s “Emily in Paris” and Peacock’s “Girls 5Eva”. The project follows four Asian American women as they travel across Asia in search of one of their biological mothers. Along the way, their experience becomes an experience of bonding, friendship, belonging, and unrestrained wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.
The project was born out of Point Gray’s multiplatform agreement with the studio. The film will be written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (“Family Guy”, “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens”) and Teresa Hsiao (co-creator of “Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens”), from a story by Chevapravatdumrong, Hsiao and Lim . All three will produce the project with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Josh Fagen of Point Gray. Meredith Wieck and Chisom Ude will oversee the project for Lionsgate.
The film, which has been given the green light and rushed into production, is slated to be shot this fall.
“This journey started with me, Cherry and Teresa – my friends and comedy writing heroes – wanting to tell a story with characters who look like us, about women who are messy and thirsty, but who have so much heart,” Lim said. “Point Gray and Lionsgate have been incredible allies and partners from day one, and I’m thrilled to be making my directorial debut with them on a story close to my heart.”
Point Gray’s credits include “Neighbors”, “Sausage Party” and “This is the End”.
“Point Gray has done it again, putting together a bold, must-have comedy with cool vocals at the center,” Westerman said. “Adele is a singular talent, and alongside writers Cherry and Teresa, she will bring to the world a film that has incredibly memorable comedy, lush cinema and a devious emotional punch. And we are delighted to have Ashley, who is on the way to becoming a celebrity, on board as the first of our four friends.
Chevapravatdumrong and Hsiao added, “We wrote a movie that we wished we could have seen growing up – starring strong, smart, funny and, yes, hot women – and we’re so excited to be working with Point Gray and Lionsgate to share. that history with the world.
In addition to “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Raya and the Last Dragon”, Lim has also written for television “One Tree Hill”, “Private Practice”, “Reign”, “Lethal Weapon” and “Dynasty”. She writes “Lost For Words”, based on a draft by Richard Curtis, for Working Title. Lim is represented by Verve and lawyer Lev Ginsburg.
In addition to her television and film work, Park is known for her stage roles, including “Mean Girls” on Broadway, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, as well as Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critics. Circle and Prix Chita Rivera. Other productions she has appeared in include “Sunday in the Park with George”, “The King and I” and “Grand Horizons”. Her role in “Emily in Paris” earned her Critics Choice Award and MTV Movie & TV Awards nominations. Park recently completed production on the Bleecker Street film “Mr. Malcolm’s List. She is represented by CAA, Brookside Artist Management and Michael Auerbach at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner Klein.
Chevapravatdumrong is represented by UTA and Industry Entertainment. Hsiao is represented by UTA, The Cartel & Gang, Tire, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc.