One of the best of his recent movies, David Cronenberg’s fine gangster drama from 2007 was originally intended to have a sequel made in 2012, with Viggo Mortesnen reprising his role as the shady Nikolai. While the first film had a complete story, it seemed like there was plenty more to explore in the brutal but fascinating world of the Russian Mafia. However, Cronenberg then said the film wasn’t happening due to money issues, and we’ve heard nothing since then – until now. Recently, writer Steven Knight told ‘Collider’ that he’d just finished his final script draft for a second movie and that production is close.
“It is like fishing, where you leave it out there. And it’s been out there for a while. It went through permutations in the sense of, how do you follow Viggo? We’ve been through that and we’ve moved on and now we’re in a position where I will say ‘watch this space,’ we’re close to getting into production.”
Even more importantly, is Cronenberg still attached?