Sam Mendes’ Newest – EMPIRE OF LIGHT

Sam Mendes is one of those directors that doesn’t make a lot of movies, but when he does make one, it’s usually pretty good. Quality over quantity. American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Skyfall, 1917 to name a few. He has only made 8 feature films in the space of 22 years.

His first big movie, American Beauty, earned him an Academy Award for Best Director, and the movie won Best Picture. In total, his movies have racked up a combination of 12 Oscars and 31 nominations. Not to mention that he directed two of the highest-grossing James Bond movies ever.

His newest movie, Empire of Light, is now spinning up and cast announcements have been made. So far the cast includes Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Michael Ward, Crystal Clarke, and Tanya Moodie.

Personally, I love Toby Jones. He’s been in huge movies, like Captain America: The First Avenger, but is also happy to star in smaller British TV roles like the Detectorists. If you have missed that, it’s worth checking out. It’s a very sweet comedy from the UK written and directed by Mackenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates Of The Caribbean).

The plot of Empire of Light is still very much under wraps, but is…

Described as a love story set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s.

Maybe something like Cinema Paradiso? You can read a Retro Review of that movie here.

Mendes has written the screenplay alone, which is a first for him. He did write 1917, but that was alongside Kysty Wilson-Cairns. He will be working with Roger Deakins again, the cinematographer known for 1917, Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, Skyfall, True Grit (2010), No Country For Old Men, and The Shawshank Redemption, to name just a few of his 88 movies.

There is no news on when Empire of Light will be out, but it’s thought to be around the autumn (or fall, for our US readers) of 2022.

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