Sundance: Emma Thompson-Mindy Kaling Comedy 'Late Night' Nabbed by Amazon for $13M

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'Late Night'

The film, which was produced by Kaling, Howard Klein, Jillian Apfelbaum and Ben Browning, made its world premiere Friday at the Eccles Theatre in Park City.

Amazon has acquired U.S. rights to the Sundance comedy Late Night. A source pegged the deal at a whopping $13 million.

Emma Thompson stars as a Letterman-esque talk show host whose world is turned upside down after she attempts to address diversity concerns by hiring her first female staff writer (Mindy Kaling). Canadian helmer Nisha Ganatra, whose credits include the critically acclaimed Amazon series Transparent, directed Late Night from a screenplay written by Kaling.

The deal surpasses the previous high-water mark for domestic rights to a film at Sundance, which was also struck by Amazon for The Big Sick for $12.5 million in 2017.

Late Night, which was produced by Kaling, Howard Klein, Jillian Apfelbaum and Ben Browning, made its world premiere on Friday at the Eccles Theatre in Park City. John Lithgow, Paul Walter Hauser, Reid Scott and Amy Ryan round out the cast of the film, which was produced by FilmNation and Imperative.

Heading into Sundance, buyers were calling Late Night the most commercial of this year’s festival crop and expected at least one major studio to be among those pursuing. It lived up to that expectation, with everyone from Lionsgate to New Line in the hunt for the pic, which was financed by 30West with FilmNation.

30West and CAA Media Finance negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.