Last September, at a Boston Q&A for her book Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling casually remarked that she was working on a screenplay…
About a month ago, while promoting The Mindy Project at the Hulu TCA’s, she revealed that she had just finished writing the movie. Adding “I don’t have a name for it. I’m bad at naming things – that’s why my show is called The Mindy Project.” She also shared that the movie was not a romcom, something that surprised even her: “I always thought the first thing I’d do [for the big screen] was a romantic comedy and what I realized was we write that so much on [The Mindy Project] that I kind of decided that, you know what, I’m going to save that stuff for the show and this is about something completely different,”
Finally, just last week, Variety exclusively broke the news that EMMA THOMPSON IS SET TO STAR IN THE FILM! The person Mindy always names as her screenwriting hero and inspiration, starring in her movie, alongside her!
“The story follows a venerated late-night talk show host, played by Thompson, who’s in danger of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer.”
Thompson is set to play the aforementioned talk show host and Kaling will play the newly hired female writer.
The movie is already being described as “Broadcast News” meets “The Devil Wears Prada.” Just imagine Emma Thompson playing a Miranda Priestly-esque evil boss and try not to die from excitement.
Studios were reportedly in a heated bidding war for distribution of this project, with FOX 2000 ultimately nabbing the script. Scott Rudin is set to produce with Howard Klein & Kaling herself.
Kaling will have an immensely busy year; the fifth season of The Mindy Project just premiered on Hulu, she’s attached to the all female Ocean’s 8 reboot alongside Cate Blanchett & Sandra Bullock, and she is on tap to play Mrs. Who in Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle In Time with Reese Witherspoon & Oprah Winfrey.
Thompson won an Oscar for adapting Sense & Sensibility in 1995, was the best part of just seen in Bridget Jones’s Baby, for which she also helped write the screenplay, & she will voice Mrs. Potts in the upcoming live action Beauty & The Beast.