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The Four Weddings and a Funeral Show Has Subtle References to Other Classic Rom-Coms

Mindy Kaling is turning the 1994 British film into a television series.
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The beloved British romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral is coming back to the small screen, as a TV adaptation from The Mindy Project actress, writer, and executive producer Mindy Kaling. Here's what you need to know about the series, before it debuts later this summer.

THE FIRST REVIEWS REVEAL HOW THE SHOW WILL HONOR RICHARD CURTIS, THE SCREENWRITER BEHIND THE ORIGINAL FILM.

Curtis is something of a legend in the romantic comedy world; in addition to penning Four Weddings and a Funeral, he wrote the scripts for classics like Love, Actually, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary.

It seems Mindy Kaling has found a way to pay tribute to the screenwriting icon. A review from TVLine reveals that Hulu's Four Weddings and a Funeral series contains subtle nods to rom-coms past, including Love, Actually and Notting Hill—in case fans weren't already excited enough for the series to debut.

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ASIDE FROM THAT, THE SERIES WON'T HAVE ALL THAT MUCH IN COMMON WITH THE FILM.

The classic rom-com serves more as a loose inspiration than a strict template—largely because Kaling thought it would work better that way.

"At first I thought, ‘Why would I ever do it?'" Kaling told Deadline of the first time she was approached about the project. "I thought, well, you know, if I was going to do this, because I love the world, I love the world of the movie that makes you fall in love with London, it’s about friendship. That part of the movie I really did love. I thought if I can do this in a way where I wouldn’t have a lot of comparisons to the original source material, which is perfect, and if I did it in a way through the lens of Mindy Kaling, I would think that would be an interesting project."

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BUT IT DOES SHARE THE SAME BASIC PREMISE.

A group of friends, lead by Maya (played by Nathalie Emmanuel, best known as Missandei on Game of Thrones) will attend four weddings and a funeral. Hijinks ensue.

THE FIRST TRAILER GIVES FANS AN IDEA OF THE SERIES.

Four old pals reunite for a wedding in London, setting off a year-long series of events. The preview also offers a quick look at actress Andie MacDowell in character. (Rom-com diehards will know that MacDowell starred in the original flick as well, as Charles's (Hugh Grant) love interest.)

WE WON'T HAVE TO WAIT LONG.

The series is slated to hit Hulu on July 31. And in the meantime, the original Four Weddings and a Funeral can always stand a rewatch.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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