Searchlight Pictures and Sam Mendes are teaming up on their next project as the company has tackled Empire of Light, with Olivia Colman in negotiations to star. This will mark Mendes’ first film since his Oscar nomination. 1917 and the first time he and Colman worked together.
Empire of light He also re-trains Mendes with cinematographer Roger Deakins, who won an Oscar for his work on 1917.
Mendes also wrote the script for the love story set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the south coast of England in the 1980s. Mendes and Pippa Harris will produce through Neal Street Productions. The project will be overseen by Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, Presidents of Production, Film and Television, and Katie Goodson-Thomas, Head of Development and Production at Searchlight Pictures UK.
Mendes has taken his time choosing his next movie after 1917, which was not only a critical favorite with 10 Oscar nominations, including one for him, but it was also a huge success at the box office. The World War I film grossed $ 384 million at the global box office, including $ 159 million domestically.
After winning his first Oscar for Searchlight’s The favorite Colman returns to the studio to continue accumulating honors. He recently garnered multiple nominations for the most recent season of The crown including a SINKING and has also garnered high praise for its performance in The father, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Mendes is represented by CAA and The Agency and Colman is represented by ICM Partners and United Agents.
Agreement negotiated by CAA Media Finance.