The Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling comedy “Late Night” is already one of the biggest hits of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with an acquisition price to match.

Amazon Studios on Saturday purchased the film in a U.S. distribution deal of $13 million, a record for the festival.

Kaling wrote the script for “Late Night,” which follows a veteran talk show host played by Thompson who’s facing declining ratings and a reputation for not liking women. Kaling plays the diversity hire in the writer’s room who shakes things up for the show.

Kaling says she wrote the part of Katherine Newbury for Thompson, having never met her. She laughs that she was just a creep in her home writing fan-fiction for the British actress, hoping that she wouldn’t read it.

Director Nisha Ganatra poses for a portrait to promote the film
Director Nisha Ganatra poses for a portrait to promote the film “Late Night” at the Salesforce Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
Mindy Kaling, a cast member in
Mindy Kaling, a cast member in “Late Night,” reacts to reporters as she works the press line at the premiere of the film during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, Jan. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mindy Kaling, left, a cast member and writer of
Mindy Kaling, left, a cast member and writer of “Late Night,” poses with the film’s director Nisha Ganatra at the premiere of the film during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, Jan. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Reid Scott poses for a portrait to promote the film
Reid Scott poses for a portrait to promote the film “Late Night” at the Salesforce Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
Paul Walter Hauser poses for a portrait to promote the film
Paul Walter Hauser poses for a portrait to promote the film “Late Night” at the Salesforce Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

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