Netflix has picked up a new coming-of-age comedy series from Mindy Kaling. The company stated that the series is exploring “the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl,” with events inspired by Kaling’s own childhood.
Mindy Kaling (Late Night, The Mindy Project, The Office) and Lang Fisher (The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine Nine) will serve as writers, creators, showrunners, and executive producers on the project. Howard Klein (The Office, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation) and David Miner (30 Rock, Master of None) will serve as executive producers.
The new deal comes just before Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” movie hits theaters. Kaling wrote and starred in that project, alongside Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Ike Barinholtz, and Amy Ryan. Amazon Studios picked up “Late Night” at the Sundance Film Festival for a record-breaking $13M; the film is scheduled to release nationwide on June 7th and was directed by Nisha Ganatra.
Netflix didn’t announce a release date or a title for the new Kaling series, but more information should be announced over the next few months. At that time we will hear more about the casting, then get a teaser trailer or two from Netflix.
After “The Office” ended in 2013 Kaling has jumped back and forth between film and television. Her hit series “The Mindy Project” ran for five years, and after that Kaling wrote for her show “Champions.” Kaling is also working on a television adaptation of “Four Weddings and Funeral,” which currently has Nathalie Emmanuel, Brandon Mychal Smith, Rebecca Rittenhouse, John Reynolds, and Zoe Boyle attached. That project will be coming to Hulu. Richard Curtis, the writer of the original film, is serving as an executive producer alongside Jonathan Prince, Howard Klein, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner.
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