From Office to Screen: The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie

December 1, 2009

Mindy Kaling

The writing staff behind NBC's hit comedy TV series "The Office" is chock full of talent. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (currently hard at work on Ghostbusters 3) are just a few of the writers who have snagged big projects because of their work on the show. Now Variety reports that co-writers Brent Forrester and Mindy Kaling (who also plays Kelly Kapoor as seen above) are jumping to feature films with The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie - the story of a woman whose lack of self-worth has limited her choice in men to losers until her life takes an unexpected turn when she is pursued by the hottest guy ever. Read on!

Along with Mandate Pictures, producing the film will be fellow actor John Malkovich and his Mr. Mudd production label as well as the team behind 2007's indie hit Juno. Nathan Kahane from Mandate is a big proponent of Kaling and Forrester's writing talents as "the most comically endowed writers out there." If anything I'm interested in this project simply because of the lack of strong comedic roles for females in the industry today. Kaling's work on "The Office" is proof that she's got a genuine comedic eye and will bring some fresh female perspective to the male dominated comedy world. We'll keep our eyes on this project.

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Didn't she also have a small part in 40 Year Old Virgin? I really hope she doesn't just play the same character as she does in The Office. I love that show but she is probably my least favorite character.

S on Dec 1, 2009


wow, what a great ensemble of writers and producers. I like Kaling, but she is probably the worst actress on The Office.

branden on Dec 1, 2009


#1 yeah she was Paul Rudd's ex girlfriend haha.

branden on Dec 1, 2009


worst character on the office? past holly,meredith or the overly self-righteous jim? i love her character,but they're prone to only show one dimension of each supporting cast member.but she's written some of the best eps for the show,i hope this project transcends the normal chick flick shit and parades her true talent.

twispious on Dec 1, 2009


I would like to point out that this is a terrific script and it's worth your time to track it down and read it. Honest -- excellent comedic writing.

Ian on Dec 1, 2009


I hate her character on the Office. But only because I have a Mindy at my office, and she is annoying. And weighs 200 more pounds.

Stepping In It on Dec 2, 2009


It's an hilarious script. Definitely worth reading.

amy on Dec 22, 2009

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