Late Night (film)

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Late Night
Late Night teaser poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byNisha Ganatra
Produced by
Written byMindy Kaling
Music byLesley Barber
CinematographyMatthew Clark
Edited byEleanor Infante
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • January 25, 2019 (2019-01-25) (Sundance)
  • June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Late Night is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Nisha Ganatra from a screenplay by Mindy Kaling. It stars Emma Thompson, Kaling, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Denis O'Hare, Paul Walter Hauser, John Lithgow and Amy Ryan. The plot follows the host of a late-night talk show who teams up with one of her new staff writers in an attempt save the show.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 7, 2019, by Amazon Studios.


A talk show host on the verge of losing her show hires in a female writer to help revitalize the program.



In September 2016, it was reported that Fox 2000 had bought the rights to the project, which was written by Mindy Kaling, who was also set to costar in it alongside Emma Thompson.[2][3] In November 2016, Paul Feig signed on to direct the film.[4] However, in August 2017, Nisha Ganatra was announced to direct the film when Feig dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.[5]

In February 2018, it was reported that, in a pre-2018 Berlin Film Festival movie, 30West and FilmNation Entertainment would cofinance the film and sell distribution rights.[6][7] In April 2018, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Paul Walter Hauser, Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke joined the cast, with filming commencing April 23, 2018 in New York.[6][7][8][9][10] Amy Ryan joined the cast in May.[11]


It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019.[12] Shortly after, Amazon Studios acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film for $13 million, the largest sum paid for U.S.-only distribution at the festival.[13] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 7, 2019.[14]


On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 76% based on 37 reviews, and an average rating of 6.97/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Smart, timely, and brought to life by a terrific cast, Late Night is a workplace comedy with a lot of heart -- and just as many laughs."[15] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film has a score of 70 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]


  1. ^ "Late Night". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Fox 2000 Nabs Mindy Kaling's Hot Late-Night Talk Show Script (Exclusive)". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (28 September 2016). "Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson to Star in Late-Night Talk Show Film (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. ^ Lang, Brent (3 November 2016). "Paul Feig in Talks to Direct Mindy Kaling Comedy (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Mindy Kaling Comedy 'Late Night' Taps 'Transparent' Director (Exclusive)". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b McNary, Dave (6 February 2018). "30West, FilmNation Back Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson's 'Late Night'". Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson to star in 'Late Night' for 30WEST, FilmNation". Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (16 April 2018). "John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy & Others Join Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson Comedy 'Late Night'". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (24 April 2018). "Denis O'Hare & More Round Out Cast Of 'Late Night'". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (24 April 2018). "Film News Roundup: Denis O'Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling's Comedy 'Late Night'". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  11. ^ Amy Ryan Joins Mindy Kaling And Emma Thompson In FilmNation-30West Talk Show Comedy ‘Late Night’
  12. ^ Debruge, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 26, 2019). "Amazon Closing Sundance Record $13M U.S. Rights Deal For 'Late Night'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  14. ^ Lang, Brent (February 28, 2019). "Mindy Kaling's 'Late Night' Opening in June". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  15. ^ "Late Night (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  16. ^ "Late Night reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 7, 2019.

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