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David Cronenberg Preparing an Eastern Promises Sequel

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March 30, 2009
Source: MTV

Eastern Promises

Who would've guessed that a sequel to David Cronenberg's 2007 thriller Eastern Promises would actually happen. Of course, there is a bit of a twist ending, but I never thought that meant we'd ever see a sequel. Cronenberg spoke with MTV recently and confirmed that "we are moving forward with it." He also adds that not only will he be back, but so will screenwriter Steven Knight as well as Viggo Mortensen, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Nikolai. While he says that it's moving forward, they don't have a script yet. "We are going to have a meeting very soon… to discuss what the script would be."

Cronenberg goes on to say that this is "the first time I've ever been in a situation where I actually want to do a sequel to something." He adds, "I've never had the desire to do that before. But in this case, I thought we had unfinished business with those characters. I didn't feel that we had finished with Nikolai and we had done a lot of research that was more than we could stuff into that one movie." As for that story, Cronenberg says, "I have some very strong ideas about what I would like to see," adding that, "if all goes well, Steve goes away and writes a great script. If we all like it, we make it." Cronenberg did say that the sequel would definitely be about the character of Nikolai again, and might include the supporting cast if it works out.

Cronenberg is currently working on preparing to shoot The Matarese Circle for MGM, with Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington set to star. We're not sure what else Cronenberg has in the works after The Matarese Circle, but if this comes together soon, it's likely we'll see this Eastern Promises sequel within a few years. Although I wasn't particularly a fan of the film, I'm sure this will be exciting news to all those who were. I'm especially intrigued by Cronenberg's desire to make this his first sequel, and if he gets everyone back, this could be as good if not better than the original. We'll let you know when we hear more on this!

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  • Gullible Platypus
    Fuck yes. More nude action scenes please.
  • I thought this was an excellent movie and the ending was SCREAMING for a sequel. Can't get into it without spoiling it, but there was certainly a "What's he gonna do NOW?" vibe the minutes the credits hit.
  • Xerxex
    Thank God, Cronenberg did such a good job with this movie and left it with an open ending that needs to be filled.
  • Voice of Reason
    I dont want the ending continued, or the characters revisited. Eastern Promises was a great, solid movie as is. I thought the ending was better left open and to the imagination, it added to the movie.
  • Conrad
    Solid movie. Deserves sequel. Good man, Cronenberg.
  • Kal-el
    I saw this film for the first time about a month ago. I really loved A History Of Violence and was told this film was better. Well I actually thought this film was crap. The ending was not even a real ending. It's like the film got halfway through and then suddenly the credits roled. I thought Viggo was better in History of Violence as well. He got nominated for oscar (What The?).
  • theotherbluth
    I would love to see a sequel. I'm hoping we don't have to see lil' viggo though. That was one fight scene I went to get a beer during.
  • BrokenReal
    I liked the movie, only liked, because I felt Viggo was the only one with any screen presence. When he wasn't in the scene I everything felt weak. Hopefully Viggo gets some support in the sequel.
  • breeze503
    Every movie I've seen Viggo in has been badass why not besides the ending left alot open.
  • F.C.
    it was a horrible movie full of Russian stereotypes in my opinion. and ever since viggo fighting naked,i haven't been able to watch another movie with him in it. please don't make a sequel, make other original things!
  • Leo
    Will Naomi be on this?
  • Gabriel
    I'm with Leo on this, please give us more Naomi!!!

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