Those of you who were looking forward to David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises sequel will be sadly disappointed with today’s news. It was back in June that I reported that the sequel was ready to go, with Viggo Mortensen having approved the script and was likely to be onboard to return. It was also rumoured that Vincent Cassell might be returning, and the film was all scheduled to begin shooting in early October.
The sad news today is that the film has been shutdown, although it would appear that this was not Cronenberg’s choice. In a recent interview while promoting his new film, Cosmopolis, Cronenberg had this to say about Eastern Promises 2:
“It was supposed to be ‘Eastern Promises 2.’ But that’s dead. We were supposed to start shooting ‘Eastern Promises 2‘ in October. [But] It’s done… If you don’t like it talk to James Schamus at Focus. It was his decision.”
From that it sounds like Cronenberg is quite angry at having his film shutdown, and who can blame him. I loved Eastern Promises, and even though the film was not a massive box office hit, it became a cult favourite and just having Cronenberg’s name attached meant it gained plenty of interest. It found a more comfortable home on DVD, but it would appear that Focus Pictures are not happy with continuing the story and possibly taking a risk.
For now Eastern Promises is dead, but should someone decide it is worth releasing, then here is what I said back in June about the sequels plot:
“With Cronenberg stating in an interview last year that he felt he was not finished with Nikolai’s story, the plan is to set quite a lot of the sequel in Russia and it will focus heavily on Nikolai’s story. In the sequel he will now have moved up the crime ladder to the very top, working alongside his former bosses son Karill”
By Matt Wavish