David Cronenberg Says That 'Eastern Promises' Sequel is Now Dead
It's been two and a half years since we heard that Viggo Mortensen was going to reteam with director David Cronenberg (along with writer Steven Knight) for a sequel to their crime thriller Eastern Promises. Just a couple months ago Vincent Cassel was finally confirmed to return for the promising sequel as well, but now we have bad news for fans who have been waiting patiently. The Playlist recently talked to Cronenberg while making the rounds for Cosmopolis and when asked what he was doing next, the filmmaker bluntly said, ""It was supposed to be 'Eastern Promises 2.' But that's dead." What the hell?
Apparently Croneberg sounded pretty frustrated and full of disbelief when he continued, "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." It sounds like the studio didn't give a greenlight to the production. This might be a question of dollars and sense, but the film made about $56 million worldwide, and it's not as if Focus Features only backs films that make huge bank at the box office anyway. Maybe they just weren't happy with the script? It's hard to say since a fall shoot was planned, but this is some disappointing news for Cronenberg fans. I guess they'll have to settle for seeing Cosmopolis soon for now.