Vincent Cassel is Back with Viggo Mortensen for 'Eastern Promises 2'

June 8, 2012
Source: Vulture

Vincent Cassell

Back in 2010, we heard that director David Cronenberg would be reteaming with his Eastern Promises star Viggo Mortensen for a sequel to the acclaimed 2007 film. It was supposed to shoot that winter, but the project stalled out and Cronenberg went on to direct Cosmopolis instead. Now, Vulture says that the project is moving forward again, as Vincent Cassel is in negotiations to reprise his role and join Mortensen in Eastern Promises 2, which would pick up right where the first movie left off. The bad news? Cronenberg won't be directing this one. He'll pass the buck to the writer of both movies, Steven Knight. More below!

For those of you who are bummed about Cronenberg leaving the series, Knight may not be such a bad choice for a replacement. He knows that cinematic universe better than anyone, and it could turn out similar to the way Bourne series writer Tony Gilroy is taking over that franchise with The Bourne Legacy, which looks awesome. Knight is directing the upcoming Jason Statham action film Hummingbird, so he'll be able to get some solid experience behind the camera before he starts rolling on Eastern Promises 2. I wasn't a huge fan of the original movie, but I know it has many supporters, so hopefully people will be excited to hear that this project is finally making some forward progress again. Cool?

UPDATE: Focus Features has written to let us know that David Cronenberg actually is returning to direct the sequel with Steven Knight still writing the script. So if you were worried about Cronenberg not returning, rest easy tonight.

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  • Xerxexx
    • Isildur_of_Numenor
      Eastern Epicness.
      • Xerxexx
  • Voice of Reason
    As if I wasnt nervous about going into a Russian Bath House BEFORE Easter Promises...I can only wonder what fears the sequel will plant inside my brain....
    • jah p
      LOL! same here, this was a very underrated movie, very intense, too bad the father won't be in this, he owned every scene in the first one...
  • tati is not a twit
    I really enjoyed the first film. I didn't know it existed, and I saw it mentioned in someone's blog, a couple of years back, and watched it back then--just picked it up on BD a week or three ago.
  • Valvg
    Mesrine was awesome
  • I'm really disappointed that Cronenberg won't be doing this one - he and Viggo made a great comedy team when they were promoting the movie. But I'm glad it's being made. Can't wait to see where the story goes.




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