Amazon Studios is reportedly in advance negotiations for a $13 million U.S. rights deal for Nisha Ganatra’s comedy film “Late Night,” one of the biggest deals ever to be done at Sundance.
Emma Thompson plays a veteran late-night talk show host who feels the pressure that might cost her job to a shinier shock comic (Ike Barinholtz).
She tries to switch things up and modernize the show with several stunts that backfire, whilst also changing the all-male writer’s room by adding the show’s first female writer of Indian descent (Mindy Kaling). Much of the film deals with the relationship that develops between the pair.
Kaling scripted and produces the film which also stars John Lithgow. Amazon is said to have been among four serious bidders for the property.