'Crazy Rich Asians' author wanted for dodging military service, Singapore says

It's only been one week since "Crazy Rich Asians" arrived in theaters, but Warner Bros.is already planning a sequel for the hit film, which topped the weekend box office with an estimated $34 million in ticket sales in its first five days.

The film premiered in Philippine cinemas on August 22. Kwan left Singapore at age 11 and has lived in the US since then.

The 44-year-old Kwan, who was born in Singapore, did not register for national service in 1990 even though he was sent warnings, the Straits Times reports. It also accused him of having remained overseas without a valid exit permit.

"Mr. Kwan has committed offences under the Enlistment Act, and is liable to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years upon conviction", read the statement from Singapore's Ministry of Defense.

For decades, Singapore has set a two-year mandatory requirement for its male citizens to undergo NS where they could serve either in the military, police or civil defence force.

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Kwan moved from Singapore to the United States when he was 11, and wanted to renounce his Singapore citizenship in 1994.

In his bestselling book, an Asian-American woman experiences culture shock when she meets her boyfriend's wealthy family in Singapore.

The film has been a hit in the USA, taking $26.5m (£21m) at the domestic box office over its opening weekend.

While Warner Bros. has not yet officially green-lighted the sequel, the studio is reportedly moving forward on development, with the second film to be titled and based on Kevin Kwan's follow-up book to "Crazy Rich Asians", "China Rich Girlfriend", as per Hollywood Reporter.

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