Sony Pictures and Crazy Rich Asians producer SK Global have bought film rights to Sex And Vanity, the new book from Crazy Rich novelist Kevin Kwan.
Already a New York Times best-seller after its publication on June 30, Sex And Vanity is about a young woman who finds herself torn between the WASP fiancé of her family’s dreams and the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with.
Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians novel and its two sequels were the basis for the 2018 romantic comedy that grossed $238.5m worldwide through distributor Warner Bros.
Kwan and SK Global’s John Penotti will produce the film version of Sex And Vanity with Xian Li as the executive in charge for SK Global and Jiao Chen overseeing for Sony.
Penotti commented: “Seven years ago Kevin entrusted us (and our producing partners) with his ground-breaking bestseller Crazy Rich Asians, and ever since working with him has been a creative dream. With Sex and Vanity, he’s once again created a work of magic, crafting a riveting story about love and identity. We instantly fell in love with its heart and humor and are thrilled to partner with him again, as well as with our collaborators at Sony Pictures. [Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group president] Sanford Panitch and his team love Kevin’s story as much as we do, and together we’re committed to bringing it to a global audience.”
Kwan added: “I am overjoyed to be embarking on this cinematic adventure with Sony Pictures and SK Global. Sony has produced so many of my favorite films over the years, and I am thrilled by Sanford Panitch’s vision for this project. I’m also very excited to be working again with my great friend John Penotti, who responded immediately and passionately to the world I created in Sex And Vanity.”