Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” set a new record at the Sundance Film Festival this year after Amazon picked up the film for $13M after the screening. Mindy Kaling wrote the script to the movie, and she also stars in the project. Overall, Kaling has had a pretty great week at Sundance this year; she started things off by picking up the IMDb STARmeter Award earlier in the week.
Partly inspired by Kaling’s own life, the film follows her character after she is hired to be a comedy writer on ‘Tonight with Katherine Newbury,’ a popular network late-night talk show whose host is played by Emma Thompson. The host is having a hard time transitioning into a new late-night format, with her competitors doing a better job of capturing a younger audience through social-media and trending comedy. Kaling’s character is brought on board at a time when the once topical host will either have to learn the new ways of comedy or quit the game altogether.
As we mentioned earlier, the acquisition came just a few hours after IMDb awarded Kaling with the company’s “Fan Favorite” STARmeter Award“. Kaling accepted the award in the IMDb celebrity video studio, located within Acura Festival Village at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The award was given to Kaling by Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb.
Directed by Nisha Ganatra, “Late Night” stars Emma Thompson, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Amy Ryan, Mindy Kaling, and John Lithgow. Thanks to the purchase from Amazon, the film should see a limited release in theaters, or possibly even nationwide, and will at the very least be available on Prime Video in the months to come. Kaling is also working on an anthology adaptation of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” which will air on Hulu. Kaling also has a project at Netflix in the works with William Fisher, but details are slim on that production.