Searchlight Pictures and Sam Mendes are teaming up on their next project as the company has boarded Empire of Light, with Olivia Colman in star negotiations. This marks Mende’s first film since his Oscar nomination 1917 and the first time he and Colman have worked together.
The Empire of Light also repeats Mendes with film photographer Roger Deakins, who won an Oscar for his work with 1917
Mendes also wrote the script for the love story in and around a beautiful old cinema on the south coast of England in the 1980s. Mendes and Pippa Harris produce through Neal Street Productions. The project is overseen by Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, Presidents of Production, Film and Television, and Katie Goodson-Thomas, Head of Development and Production, Searchlight Pictures UK.
Mendes has taken the time to choose his next film after 1
After winning his first Oscar for Searchlight’s Favorites, Colman returns to the studio and continues to pick up honors. She recently earned several nominations for the most recent season of Kronen including one SAG and has also earned great praise for achievement in The father, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Mendes is cut off by the CAA, and the agency and Colman are asked by ICM Partners and United Agents.
CAA Media Finance brokered agreement.