Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are joining forces on the big screen for what is surely going to be a project of interest for the major studios. Variety confirms the actresses will headline an untitled comedy set behind-the-scenes of a late-night talk show. Kaling is writing the screenplay, with Scott Rudin and Howard Klein boarding as producers. The comedy is being described as “Broadcast News” meets “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Thompson will star as a veteran host whose long-running late-night talk show is thrown into disarray following the arrival of its first female writer, played by Kaling. The project is the latest development for the ever-busy Kaling, who in addition to juggling her Hulu series “The Mindy Project” is also attached to star in Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle In Time” and Garry Ross’ “Ocean’s Eight,” opposite Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. Thompson can currently be see in “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” and she’ll voice Mrs. Potts in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake.
No studio is currently attached to the comedy, but Variety reports that several bidders are already in the mix.