Having premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (where it sold to Amazon Studios for a whopping $13 million), Late Night appears to be a perfectly appropriate summer comedy for the upcoming season.
Written and starring comedienne Mindy Kaling as a staff writer working for a struggling, down on its luck late night talk show (hosted by Emma Thompson), the film covers everything from the struggle to stay relevant to diversity in the writer's room. As the patriarchal white male employees struggle to accept Kaling into the mix, Kaling rises to the top of the food chain, using her brand of comedy to reenergize a British talk show host who could use something of a comedic makeover.
Comedies with a message tend to do well over the early days of summer; for one such reference point, check out the success of the studio's The Big Sick, which similarly opened in the summer season two years ago after selling at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Late Night director Nisha Ganatra is herself no stranger to what makes comedy tick; she directed several episodes of the first season of Transparent.
Late Night will premiere in theaters on June 7th, 2019. Check out the trailer below.
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