Saturday, June 15, 2024

Amazon Studios Plunks Down Sundance Record $13 Million for Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” Starring Emma Thompson as Talk Show Host


Amazon Studios is swinging for the fences now.

Overnight from Friday they broke a Sundance record and ponied up $13 million for “Late Night,” written by Mindy Kaling and starring Emma Thompson.

Emmy nominated Nisha Ganatra directs her first feature since 2005 with this project.

Last spring, Thompson was in New York filming “Late Night” with Kaling and crew. We talked about it quite a lot but who knew it would turn into such a big deal?

Amazon needed some fire power for next fall and awards season. They pretty much struck out this year except for the Polish film, “Cold War.” This time, they got the goods.

That’s important, since their rival, Netflix, has gained ground on them. But “Late Night” sounds like a broad hit, not to mention a Golden Globes comedy nominee.

Let’s just hope Amazon releases “Late Night” to theaters.

PS Amy Ryan is featured. Cross fingers this is a breakout for her, too!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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