Kaling will write the new take with ‘Mindy Project’ showrunner Matt Warburton.
Four Weddings and a Funeral is the latest movie getting the TV series treatment.
Mindy Kaling is developing an anthology series remake of the 1994 romantic comedy at Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Similar to the film, the series follows a group of friends as their lives intersect through the five events. Each season will center on a different story arc.
Kaling will write the new take with Mindy Project showrunner Matt Warburton. The two will executive produce with the original film’s writer, Richard Curtis, Working Title’s Jonathan Prince, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and 3 Arts’ Howard Klein (The Mindy Project). MGM, which co-produced the movie with Working Title, will now produce with Universal TV, where Kaling is based.
The project comes as The Mindy Project heads closer to its Nov. 14 series finale. The comedy has aired on Hulu for three of its six-season run. Additionally, Kaling will also exec produce and recur on the midseason NBC comedy Champions.
In the era of Peak TV, remakes and revivals of such classic titles have become popular increasingly popular as networks, studios and the many TV platforms look to break through the clutter of more than 400 scripted series.
Both Working Title and MGM’s TV arms have successfully adapted several film properties into series. Working Title produced NBC’s About a Boy, which ran for two seasons, while MGM is behind FX’s Fargo and Epix’s Get Shorty. MGM also produces the Hulu breakout drama The Handmaid’s Tale, which helped the streamer become the first to win an Emmy for best drama series in September.
Thanks to Handmaid’s Tale and an influx of TV episodes like 30 Rock, Will & Grace and Full House, subscriptions at Hulu have risen more than 97 percent this year. The streamer is getting ready to launch the Seth Rogen-produced comedy Future Man and Paul Reiser’s period comedy There’s… Johnny!
Four Weddings and a Funeral, starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, grossed more than $245 million worldwide when it was released in 1994.