Per Variety, Mindy Kaling is set to produce an adaptation of Uzma Jalaluddin‘s romantic comedy novel Hana Khan Carries On for Amazon.
Kaling and Jessica Kumai Scott will produce via Kaling International, and Sahar Jahani (13 Reasons Why) will pen the screenplay.
The novel came out earlier this year and has been billed as putting a Muslim spin on Ernst Lubitsch‘s The Shop Around The Corner and Nora Ephron‘s You’ve Got Mail.
It’s set in the Golden Crescent neighborhood of Toronto, a close-knit Muslim community, where Hana’s family owns a restaurant called Three Sisters, which is highly competitive with a nearby Halal shop.
Despite threatening to put each other out of business, Hana and the owner of the other restaurant, Aydin, quickly develop a romantic connection. Jalaluddin’s first novel, Ayesha At Last, was a modern day Pride & Prejudice retelling, and she also writes a culture and parenting column for the Toronto Star titled ‘Samosas and Maple Syrup’.
The adaptation of Hana Khan Carries On is still in the early stages of development, so no cast has been attached yet. But anything putting a spin on Lubitsch and/or Ephron films is certainly worth checking out.
Kaling is best known for The Office and The Mindy Project. She’s currently the co-creator and writer of Netflix series Never Have I Ever, and is also the creator and executive producer of upcoming HBO Max series, The Sex Lives Of College Girls, which will debut later this year.
Look out for her upcoming Disney+ project as she seeks to successfully infiltrate every major streaming platform.