Amazon has closed a $ 13 million deal on "Late Night," a busy comedy about diversity in a late-night talk show writer's room written, produced, and starred by Mindy Kaling. It is the first major sale of the Sundance Film Festival.
Emma Thompson, the "Late Night" star, is a spiky comedy reluctantly taking an Indian-American writer (Kaling) under her wing after being forced to hire more women and minorities. In a cover story for Variety Kaling said she sees "Late Night" as an opportunity to tell a familiar story of someone trying to break into the entertainment business from a new perspective.
"So much This movie is about being a fan and being out of the entertainment business," said Kaling Variety . "This story has been told many and many times by many 52-year-old whites and I love all these movies, and as a comedy nerd, I've always identified with them because it was the next thing I could identify with, there was no one like me who made these kinds of films. "[1
"Late Night" was originally launched at Fox 2000, with Paul Feig staging the comedy. However, Kaling's pregnancy and illness in Thompson's family resulted in the start date being postponed. When the cameras were finally ready, Feig turned the Blake Lively Thriller into "A Simple Favor" and Fox 2000 moved on. Instead, Kaling set up independent funding in a row and suggested Nisha Ganatra ("Chutney Popcorn") as a director. Ganatra impressed Kaling with her personal connection to the material.
"I knew all about the power to keep the door open instead of slamming it shut and saying," Thank God I came, "she said " Variety for the recently released " Late Night's Cover Story.
The sale is a statement maker for Amazon, which was not active in the recent film markets, as he preferred to produce his own films rather than relying so heavily on acquisitions There's also a commercial zipper that saw some viewers compare it to "The Big Sick" at the film's premiere on Friday, another indie comedy that Amazon had bought from Sundance.The streamer would love to see "Late Night" The Big Sick achieved $ 56.4 million worldwide in 2005 when it hit the cinemas.
"Late Night," co-stars John Lithgow, Amy Ryan and Ike Barinholtz.
19659002] De r Pact is for North American rights. CAA negotiated the sale with Amazon.