Comedian and actress Mindy Kaling will help the cause for diversity by reuniting with Indian-American director Nisha Ganatra, who is now officially attached to direct the Kaling-scripted comedy Late Night for Fox 2000 after the Tracking Board first mentioned her in connection with this project six weeks ago.
The Canadian-born Ginatra began her career directing indies Chutney Popcorn, Fast Food High, and Cake between 1999 and 2005 before transitioning to television directing episodes of the Emmy-winning Transparent and Kaling’s Fox-turned-Hulu sitcom, The Mindy Project. Ganatra directed the 2015 “Fertility Bites” episode, but since then has helmed episodes of everything from Mr. Robot to Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Fresh Off the Boat.
Kaling will star in the movie alongside Emma Thompson, who plays a late-night talk show host who may lose her long-running show after hiring her first female writer, played by Kaling.
The movie is produced by Kaling with Scott Rudin and Howard Klein with Elizabeth Gabler and Nikki Ramey from Fox 2000 overseeing.
Previously, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was going to direct the movie but had to depart because of scheduling conflicts with the thriller, A Simple Favor, starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, which is scheduled to start filming for Lionsgate this month.
Ganatra is represented by ICM Partners.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor