Streaming platform Hulu is planning to develop a television comedy series based off author Jade Chang’s novel, The Wangs vs. the World. Armed with a sidesplitting stereotype-shattering road trip story, the series will be run by one of the more prominent Asian-American creators in the industry in blockbuster director Jon M. Chu.
Should it ultimately receive an order, the Hulu television project adapting The Wangs vs. the World will see Jade Chang write the adaptation script based on her original 2016 novel. The project will see Jon M. Chu jump aboard as director and executive producer, joined in the latter capacity by Bridget Bedard. Chu – who has major blockbusters under his belt – comes into the project with another notable Asian-centric project on the horizon in the August-scheduled comedy film, Crazy Rich Asians, which will manifest as the first Asian-led Hollywood studio film since (shockingly enough,) 1993’s The Joy Luck Club.
The Wangs vs. the World novel centers on Charles Wang, a Chinese immigrant family man, who became a millionaire in the cosmetic industry, only to fall victim to a major failure that, compounded with the 2008 financial crisis, seriously lessened his family’s lot in life. Consequently, like a broke Clark Griswold, he gets into his 1980 station wagon and takes his wife on an ignominious road trip from his imminently foreclosed Bel Air mansion to his more down-to-Earth abode in upstate New York, where his oldest daughter resides. He’ll be picking up his youngest from an Arizona boarding school along the way. The cross-country trek will be a humbling one for the prideful patriarch.
The prospective Hulu series would be Jon M. Chu’s first television work (as a director,) since the 2010 inaugural season of dance series The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. The visionary has primarily worked in film, cutting his teeth in the 2000s helming sequels in the Step Up dance films series and 2011 teen idol documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, eventually becoming a pinch director for major film franchises, heading 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation and 2016 sequel Now You See Me 2, as well as the (notorious) 2015 Jem and the Holograms movie. He’s expected to return to direct Now You See Me 3.
More on The Wangs vs. the World as it develops.