Nisha Ganatra will helm the feature film, which has a script by Kaling, who will also star with Emma Thompson.
Nisha Ganatra, a busy TV director who’s helmed episodes of Transparent and The Mindy Project, has been tapped to helm Fox 2000’s Late Night which has a script by Mindy Kaling.
Kaling is also starring in the project with Emma Thompson. The story centers on Thompson’s character, a late-night talk show host who’s at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling).
Scott Rudin is producing Late Night with Kaling and Howard Klein. Elizabeth Gabler and Nikki Ramey are overseeing the project for Fox 2000.
Paul Feig was previously attached to direct but exited due to scheduling conflicts.
Ganatra has directed for a slew of TV series including Kaling’s The Mindy Project, along with Dear White People, Girls, Fresh Off the Boat and three episodes of Transparent. She also helmed the feature films Chutney Popcorn (1999), Cosmopolitan (2003) and Cake (2005). She is currently helming her first pilot with Highland, TNT’s comedic drama starring Margaret Cho. She’s repped by ICM Partners.