The Story Behind Coldplay 'Yellow' And 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Did 'Crazy Rich Asians' director Jon M. Chu's letter help secure Coldplay's breakthrough track for pivotal movie scenes?

UPDATE: Before 'Crazy Rich Asians' became a film, it was a book by Kevin Kwan. His sequel novels will also likely be adapted, and Chu is already on board to direct the follow-upChina Rich Girlfriend.

The #1 movie in America and one of the world's biggest bands almost didn't come together.

Over the weekend, The Hollywood Reporter shared the interesting story about how 'Crazy Rich Asians' got permission to include Coldplay's "Yellow".

Some of the soundtrack consists of big Western hits sung in Chinese. But Coldplay said no at first. One writer speculates maybe the band was gunshy about associating a song called "Yellow" with an Asian film after previous accusations of cultural appopriation.

After trying out other songs and artists for the "Yellow" sequence, director Jon M. Chu realized "Yellow" was vital to the emotion and message of the sequence. He wrote a letter to the band directly to explain where his film was coming from. Here's an excerpt:

"From being called ["yellow"] in a derogatory way throughout grade school, it's always had a negative connotation in my life. That is, until I heard your song... It immediately became an anthem for me and my friends and gave us a new sense of pride we never felt before... (even though it probably wasn't ever your intention). We could reclaim the color for ourselves and it has stuck with me for the majority of my life."

Less than a day later, Coldplay reversed course and Chu had the music for his pivotal moment.

Since then, 'Crazy Rich Asians' carved out a place in movie history.

Here's Katherine Ho's cover of "Yellow".

Crazy Rich Asians Soundtrack - Yellow - Katherine Ho (Coldplay Cover)

Yellow - Katherine Ho (cover of Coldplay) From The Film: Crazy Rich Asians Soundtrack: Score: Tracklisting: 1. "Waiting For Your Return" - Jasmine Chen 2. "Money (That's What I Want)" - Cheryl K 3. "Wo Yao Ni De Ai (I Want Your Love - I Want You To Be My Baby)" - 4.