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Mindy Kaling will star and produce Good in Bed, an adaptation of Jennifer Weiner’s New York Times best-selling novel.
The project is being developed for HBO Max and is intended to be an original movie.
Liz Sarnoff, a writer-producer on HBO’s hit Barry, will write the script adapting the novel that launched Weiner’s book-writing career, which has seen over 11 million books in print across 36 countries.
The semi-autobiographical story centers on an up-and-coming journalist in Philadelphia who deals with shaky self-esteem, a fresh-out-of-the-closet mom, an absent father and the guy who broke her heart. In the course of one eventful year, with the help of a fairy godmother/movie star best friend, the journalist weathers public humiliation, finds true love and learns to accept herself, and her life, in all of its messy, imperfect glory.
Kaling will produce via her Kaling International banner with Jessica Kumai Scott. Also producing are Howard Klein of 3Arts along with Jake Weiner and Chris Bender of Good Fear Content.
Kaling is the co-creator and exec producer of Netflix’s tender comedy Never Have I Ever, which has been renewed for a second season and writing and exec producing Sex Lives of College Girls as a series for HBO Max. She is also writing an untitled wedding comedy for Priyanka Chopra to star in set up at Universal.
Kaling is repped by CAA, 3Arts, and Ziffren Law. Weiner is repped by CAA, Joanna Pulcini Literary Management for publishing, Good Fear Content, and attorney Joe Weiner of Miloknay Weiner.
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