Paul Feig in Talks to Direct Mindy Kaling’s Late Night Talk Show Comedy

     November 3, 2016

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It looks as though filmmaker Paul Feig has zeroed in on his next project following the highly anticipated Ghostbusters redo. While the so-so box office returns on the comedy have not yet spurred Sony to pull the trigger on a sequel, Feig is looking to turn his attention to another female-centric comedy with a topical bent. Per Variety, the Freaks and Geeks creator and Bridesmaids director is in talks to helm an untitled Mindy Kaling-scripted comedy set in the world of late night talk shows. We learned in September that Kaling was set to write and star in the film, with Emma Thompson poised to take on the lead role of a veteran late night TV host who runs into danger of losing her job right when she hires her first female writer.

Feig hasn’t yet finalized his deal, but this film seems right up his alley. Since Bridesmaids, he’s been keen on making comedies starring women that perform incredibly well at the box office, and yet Hollywood continues to see female-driven films of any kind as a “risk.” He’s proven himself adept at the action genre with The Heat, Spy, and Ghostbusters, but I’ll admit I’m intrigued by the idea of him getting behind something more grounded like this Kaling film. It’s described as a mix between The Devil Wears Prada and Broadcast News, so there’s certainly much to be excited about here.

Kaling’s been plenty busy as of late. In addition to juggling her duties as creator/star of The Mindy Project, she’s currently shooting the star-studded spinoff Ocean’s 8 and has a key role in the Ava DuVernay-directed A Wrinkle in Time. She cut her teeth as a writer on The Office, and this untitled feature would be her biggest project as a screenwriter to date.

We’ll likely hear firm word on Feig’s involvement soon as discussions continue between him and Fox. Me, I’ll be over here holding out hope that Ghostbusters 2 happens sooner or later.

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