Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), a famous lover of classic rom-coms, is bringing “Four Weddings and a Funeral” to Hulu. The actor and writer is developing an hour-long anthology series with “The Mindy Project” executive producer Matt Warburton; Kaling will be writing and executive producing the series alongside Warburton, original film screenwriter Richard Curtis, Jonathan Prince (“The Cleaner”), Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Working Title and Howard Klein (“The Mindy Project”) of 3 Arts.
According to Deadline, who broke the news, MGM Television who owns the rights to “Four Weddings and a Funeral” will be producing the project with Universal TV, from which Kaling hails. Kaling and Warburton are working on two scripts for the series, which will center on a group of friends as their paths cross during four weddings and one funeral. The format would follow along the lines of the original 1994 hit from director Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), which starred Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) and Andie MacDowell (“Cedar Cove”). Deadline also reports rumors that the current plot idea brings in different characters in a different place every season, circling a sole main character.
Kaling currently stars in the TV comedy “The Mindy Project,” which she created, wrote and executive produced. “The Mindy Project” airs on Hulu, giving “Four Weddings and a Funeral” a logical home on the streaming platform. As “The Mindy Project” wraps up its final season, Kaling has already found her next project in NBC’s “Champions,” which she will executive produce. She just finished up a role in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming film adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time,” and will begin production on a film she wrote about a late night talk show host. She stars alongside Emma Thompson (“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected”), with Scott Rudin (“No Country for Old Men”) producing.
A decision from Hulu about greenlighting the show straight-to-series is expected by early next year.