Can’t buy me the producers of Crazy Rich Asians love.

While many producers would jump at the opportunity to drop a film or a series on Netflix, the team behind the upcoming book-to-movie adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians gave the good ‘ol, thanks but no thanks when the streaming service approached them with a “gigantic payday” of an offer.

No matter how many dollar signs they were offered, director Jon M. Chu and the books’ author Kevin Kwan kept their eyes on the prize. The “prize” being a theatrical Hollywood production a la Warner Bros.  The production team did not want viewers to experience the film from behind their smart screens, but rather on the big screen. That’s because Crazy Rich Asians marks the first all-westernized Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club debuted in in theaters in ’93.

“If it came down to money, what are we actually trying to do here?” Chu told Vulture. “Taking it to the theater, it’s a symbol that a Hollywood studio system thinks it has value, and we were all in a position in our careers where we didn’t need the money anyway.”

“It put us emotionally all in and upped the stakes,” he continued. “Without that, we wouldn’t be doing this marketing push. It would just be on the front page of Netflix or wherever it could end up.”

You know where to find me on Aug. 15. Until then, check out the trailer below.

h/t Page Six 

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Stephanie Grassullo

Stephanie Grassullo

Stephanie Grassullo is an associate editor at Adventure Publishing Group. In addition to handling toy and licensing news and updates for The Toy Book and The Licensing Book, Stephanie also writes toy reviews and commentaries for the Toy Insider. When she’s not binge-watching old episodes of Gossip Girl, Stephanie is always game for Boggle tournaments—she’s the titleholder Boggle champion in her family, and proud of it! Stephanie firmly believes that there is no awkward moment that can’t be remedied with the help of Bop It. To get to know her better, follow her on Twitter @steph_grass.