Michelle Yeoh Will Produce The 'Billion Dollar Whale' Movie And People Aren't Having It

She will be partnering with 'Crazy Rich Asians' production company, SK Global for the movie.

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Michelle Yeoh, the controlling mother in 'Crazy Rich Asians', will be producing the film version of highly anticipated book 'Billion Dollar Whale'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress, who signed a deal with 'Crazy Rich Asians' production company SK Global and its international label Ivanhoe Pictures in August, will be producing the movie based on 'Billion Dollar Whale' – a book on Malaysian fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low. 

'Billion Dollar Whale' co-author Tom Wright confirmed today, 28 September, that SK Global has nabbed the film rights to the controversial book

SK Global president John Penotti also expressed excitement for the film adaptation of the book. 

"Tom (Wright) and Bradley (Hope) have crafted a throughly compelling telling of this unbelievable story. While certainly a daring work of investigative journalism, the narrative thread and eclectic characters that they so diligently chronicle make the book read like a thrilling and engrossing novel," John was quoted as saying by The Hollywood Reporter. 

"We are very proud to be associated with this project and anticipate moving forward very quickly to production," he added.

However, Michelle's new producer job was criticised by whistleblower website Sarawak Report today

Prior to the 13th General Election, The Star reported Michelle as defending her decision to openly support former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

"We have a leader here who as done so many good things and will do more," Michelle was quoted as saying about Najib by The Star.

"I hope from the bottom of my heart that he (Najib) will remain as the Prime Minister and I ask all of you to give him a strong mandate," she added.

On Twitter, netizens also echoed similar sentiments to that of Sarawak Report

Photojournalist Amirul Ruslan slammed the irony of having Michelle to produce the 'Billion Dollar Whale' movie.

Founder of Centre to Combat Cronyism and Corruption (C4) Cynthia Gabriel also joined others in criticising Michelle.

Politicians Fahmi Fadzil and Hannah Yeoh also chipped in their thoughts about Michelle's new job

What do you think about Michelle Yeoh producing the movie? Let us know in the comments below.

Meawhile, local comedian Dr. Jason Leong responded to calls for him to play Jho Low in the film adaptation of 'Billion Dollar Whale':

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