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Starfleet Academy Star Trek Series in Development at Paramount+

During an interview with The New York Times, filmmaker and producer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Clarice) revealed that Paramount+ is developing a series centered on the Starfleet Academy.RELATED: Paramount+’s Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2 Trailer ReleasedEmmy-nominated Kurtzman has produced five shows in the Star Trek universe for Paramount+, including Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, the adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, the upcoming Paramount/Nickelodeon animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, debuting in 2022. The outlet confirmed that another project, Section 31 starring Michelle Yeoh in her reprised role as Captain Philippa Georgiou is also in the works along with a “show built around the Starfleet Academy, which will be aimed at a younger audience.”It has not yet been confirmed if the Starfleet Academy project will be a live-action or animated series.“I think we’re just getting started,” said Kurtzman about the ever-expanding Star Trek universe. “There’s just so much more to be had.”President of CBS Studios David Stapf added: “Anything goes, as long as it can fit into the Star Trek ethos of inspiration, optimism, and the general idea that humankind is good. So comedy, adult animation, kids’ animation — you name the genre, and there’s probably a Star Trek version of it.”RELATED: Star Trek: Prodigy Teaser For Nickelodeon & Paramount+’s Animated SeriesKurtzman, who revealed to the outlet that he “wants to get much weirder with the franchise,” said if it were up to him, he would be “pushing the boundaries much further than I think most people would want. I think we might get there. Marvel has actually proven that you can. But you have to build a certain foundation in order to get there and we’re still building our foundation.”
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    Olivia Colman in Talks For Sam Mendes’ Romance Drama Empire of Light

    Olivia Colman in talks for Sam Mendes’ romance drama Empire of LightOver a year after the critical and box office success of 1917, acclaimed director Sam Mendes has finally found his next major directing project in the form of a romantic drama film titled Empire of Light. Searchlight Pictures has officially boarded the project, with Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman in negotiations to lead the feature.Should the deal push through, Empire of Light will be the British actress’ latest collaboration with Searchlight after 2018’s The Favourite. In addition, this will also mark the reunion project between Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins, who earned his second Oscar for his work on 1917.“I have long been an admirer of Searchlight and the dynamic way they have produced and released some of my favorite theatrical releases of recent years,” Mendes said in a statement (via The Wrap). “This project is very close to my heart, and I couldn’t be more delighted that it has found its ideal home.”RELATED: Searchlight Pictures Announces Release Dates for Antlers, Nightmare Alley & MoreEmpire of Light is being described as a love story that will be set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England. The film will be directed by Mendes from a screenplay he wrote. The studio is currently planning to release the film in the fall of 2022.“Sam has written an exquisite cinematic drama that captured our hearts from page one. He is a masterful filmmaker, and we look forward to working with him, Pippa, and Roger and to reunite with the great Olivia on this truly special film,” Searchlight’s David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said.Mendes and Pippa Harris are set to produce through their Neal Street Productions. The project will be overseen by Searchlight’s Presidents of Production, Film and Television Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum along with Searchlight Pictures UK’s Head of  Development & Production, Katie Goodson-Thomas.RELATED: Joyride: Olivia Colman to Star in New Feel-Good Drama Film Olivia Colman first gained recognition for her critically-acclaimed performances in TV shows such as The Night Manager and Fleabag with the first one earning her, her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries. For her performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy film The Favourite, she won her first Oscar Award for Best Actress and her second Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy.She will next be seen in drama films such as Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and the Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday as well as Netflix and Sony’s animated film, The Mitchells vs. the Machines which is set to premiere later this month.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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