We recently reported on a new comedy in the works, written and starring Mindy Kaling, the television star of The Mindy Project and The Office. The upcoming film, currently without a title, reportedly centers on the world of late-night talk show hosts and 2-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) is attached to co-star. Today, per Variety, talks appear to be surfacing that Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) may direct the Fox 2000 project.
There may be something to this for multiple reasons. Firstly, Feig has established a strong career out of helming comedies featuring strong women. Since the 2011 blockbuster Bridesmaids (which broke gender barrier in the R-rated comedy game as well as earned two Oscar nominations, a rarity for the genre), Feig has directed The Heat, Spy and this year’s estrogenized reboot of Ghostbusters. Secondly, Feig has also cultivated a strong relationship with Fox; the studio distributed both The Heat and Spy as well as The Peanuts Movie, which Feig served as a producer. No deal has been made official as of yet, but if talks prove fruitful, he will likely produce this project as well – reportedly he was enamored with Kaling’s screenplay.
Kaling, meanwhile, has a burst of intriguing projects in the pipeline. The voice of Disgust in last year’s Oscar-winning Pixar blockbuster Inside Out, is set to appear in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, which has just started production, as well as co-star in Gary Ross’ upcoming Ocean’s Eight.
Watch this space.