David Cronenberg Says That 'Eastern Promises' Sequel is Now Dead

August 14, 2012
Source: The Playlist

Eastern Promises

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]┬áIt'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.

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  • Simon
  • bat0u
    So disappointing. Though I feel that it's just that the timing is not right. I can still hope right? and speaking of disappointing.....Cosmopolis.
  • poo
    Let's just hope for a Macgruber sequel
  • Cody W
  • Bobo_Vision
    Smart move. This sequel was a shit idea. But I am 100% down for the aforementioned Macgruber sequel...and you better believe I'm serious.
  • DoomCanoe
    it sucks that the sequel got passed on. But with the first being so great im fine with just having one film in the franchise
  • Fatal Error
    Maybe they can make Paul Blart 2 instead...
  • Rain Spider
    This is what he gets for Slamming Nolan's Batman. Let's all hope and pray for a MacGruber Sequel. I will eat out everyone's butt for a MacGruby sequel.
  • Disappointing.. there is a lot of room for story development. Plus great cast, director, subject matter, etc etc.. A sequel would probably re-awaken interest in the original and make more money for the studio than the first did.




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