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November 8, 2016

New Mindy Kaling Comedy, Paul Feig Rumored to Direct
by Katie Conway - 0

If you needed something to look forward to, look no further than the upcoming Mindy Kaling comedy film! Kaling recently penned the script for a movie about the late night comedy industry, described as being the lovechild of The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Broadcast News (1987). Just like the fish-out-water and girl-boss dynamic that takes place between newcomer Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) and Anna Wintour-esque Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in Prada, Kaling will star as the first female writer on a late night talk show, with a host played by the ever-fabulous Emma Thompson. If the movie is anything like the 2006 cult-hit, we’re sure to have another comedy classic on our hands. The movie will be produced by Scott Rudin alongside Kaling and Howard Klein. 

Over the past couple of years, Mindy has slowly been on the rise from B-List actor/screenwriter, to an A-List movie star. She’s a Massachusetts local, born and raised in Cambridge. One of her first major pieces of writing was a comedic off-Broadway play called Matt & Ben (2004) that satirizes how the two Boston Bros wrote Good Will Hunting. From there, Kaling was a staff writer and held a minor roll as Kelly Kapoor on the Emmy-nominated series The Office (2005-2012), and is the creator, writer, and star of the Hulu original series The Mindy Project (2012-2016). She has written two memoirs, lent her voice to the Disney-Pixar film Inside Out (2015), and is currently preparing for her roll in director Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time. Kaling is also set to star in the much anticipated all-female Ocean’s 11 reboot, Ocean’s 8, alongside a mega-list of stars - including Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, and Cate Blanchett. 

Aside from Mindy, we’re ecstatic to hear Paul Feig is in talks to direct this film. For those who don’t know, Feig is an actor, producer, writer, and director, whose mission is to create more female-centric comedies in the industry. We here at WICF honored him with the Award for Excellence this summer, which you can read about here. Feig’s incredible resume in directing includes Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, The Office, Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, and the all-female Ghostbusters. Though it is not confirmed whether he is directing or not, it’s almost a guarantee he will, and we couldn’t be more excited. 


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