Mortensen and Cronenberg Returning for Eastern Promises 2

March 26, 2010
Source: Deadline

Eastern Promises

Director David Cronenberg seems to be having some trouble recently getting his projects into production. For a while he was attached to The Matarese Circle with Denzel Washington, but that now seems to be stuck once again. However, Cronenberg is finally shooting his Sigmund Freud film The Talking Cure this summer, and now Deadline reports that he will then move right into Eastern Promises 2 this winter. Apparently British producer Paul Webster has been lining up numerous projects, one of which is this sequel, that Focus Features "hopes to [shoot] this winter" and will star Viggo Mortensen as the Russian hitman Nikolai again.

Not much information was revealed, besides that Mortensen will be back and Cronenberg will be directing again from a script written by Steven Knight, who also wrote the first film. Mortensen and Cronenberg are already working together on The Talking Cure (Mortensen as Freud), which makes this sequel all the more interesting. If everything works out, we'll see two back-to-back films from Mortensen and Cronenberg, one of which is a sequel to a critically lauded and Oscar nominated film from just a few years back. I wasn't the biggest fan of Eastern Promises (every time I say that I get torn apart in the comments), but that's actually besides the point. Is anyone getting a little tired of seeing these two work together or this more great news?

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I'll pretty much check out anything Viggo Mortensen does. Although I can do without the nude knife fights.

germs on Mar 26, 2010


why are we not tearing Alex apart for his hate for Eastern Promises? Damn you Alex....LOL Just kiddin.

the Accuser on Mar 26, 2010


The nude knife fight made the film for me. That shit was badass.

John G on Mar 26, 2010


I will see anything either of these two men do. They are incredible separately but together all the more so.

taylor on Mar 26, 2010


Viggo rocks!!! Cuervo Campeon!

Martinaso on Mar 26, 2010


Fucking awesome! I'll watch anything involving Viggo Mortensen. That man seriously -lives- every single one of his characters; one of the best dramatic actors out there. He was one intimidating Russian SoB in Eastern Promises. And the bath house scene just added to it. I mean, you gotta be one hell of a badass to fight someone when you're that exposed and vulnerable, physically and mentally. To answer the question...I am not gonna get sick of these two working together anytime soon, no.

SuicidalOptimist on Mar 26, 2010


In defense of Alex this movie takes time to grow on you. This is some damn good news.

Xerxex on Mar 26, 2010


Hang on, Nikolai was never a hitman he was the family's driver and 'Cleaner.' I really didn't expect this news either. Also whats the big deal with Mortensen & Cronenberg working together??? Think of Kurosawa & Mifune or Scorsese & DiCaprio/De Niro Why are so many people criticising directors for choosing actors/actresses to work with them numerous times.

DiR3cT on Mar 26, 2010


Well 'Cleaner' is pretty much another term for hitman, and where do you see a bunch of people critisizing the combo? All the comments here are all for it.

Cody w on Mar 26, 2010


@John G... Right on. The bath house scene was visceral. Viggo FTW!

Jason on Mar 26, 2010


Dude he was the driver!!! He was a hitman/gangster in History of Violence

Linkfx on Mar 27, 2010


Cronenberg & Mortensen, Scorsese & DeNiro, Burton & Depp and Tarantino & Jackson are simply matches made in heaven. How can anyone be tired of it?

Marc on Mar 27, 2010


Cronenberg is one of my favorite directors. Cronenberg and Mortensen are an awesome duo (maybe even the best one these days). I loved Eastern Promises and A History of Violence. The twist and ending of Eastern Promises came quite as a shock and I think a sequel sure is an option.

Robbie on Mar 27, 2010


Good for Viggo. It was an interesting character and depending on the day he might have won an oscar depending on the day. Maybe he's hoping he will the second time. But man, was Sam Cassel utter trash as a Russian. Way too flamboyant. No russian is like that. His accent was so off the mark too.

talli on Mar 27, 2010


I am a Huge huge Fan of Cronenbergs, love his movies. I will watch anything he does and this sounds cool

Loser on Mar 27, 2010


i really liked the first one, but yea could do without the nude fightscene as well haha

harrison on Mar 27, 2010


Yup, Alex is crazy for not appreciating Eastern Promises. I personally thought it should have been up for Best Picture that year.

Kevin on Mar 27, 2010


The nude fight scene shows why Cronenberg is a little bit of a genius. Most men love bad ass knife fights. Most men don't want to see naked dudes and dicks flying in the air. Cronenberg combined them and that's that. Most men probably wanted to look away but couldn't. Genius.

Brian Ricci on Mar 27, 2010


Thought Eastern promises was over-rated,like History of Violence,but watchable with great acting.The Fly is still his best film by a long shot.And I though Cassel was miscast as Russian guy in EP,he jarred with every scene he was in.

tir na nog on Mar 27, 2010


Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers and Videodrome = masterpieces of cinema

Loser on Mar 27, 2010


one of my all time favorites i adore Vigo and Alex DIE DIE KILL THE HATER DIE!!! THIS MOVIE WAS PERFECT MEHIAHEOIW URBAOFIN!!!!!!!!!!!! nah man i don't care, i saw it as the closest thing to a Grand Theft Auto movie.

DoomCanoe on Mar 27, 2010


Eastern Promises was excellent. But a sequel? Very bizarre. This is a first for Cronenberg is it not?

YK on Mar 27, 2010


The nude fight scene was badass... very reminiscent of the one in Ender's Game if you've read it. It was really primal which made it awesome.

fytz on Mar 27, 2010


Alex, you're tired of Croneberg and Mortensen, but not Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe? C'mon!! Yes, yes the same MIGHT be said for DiCaprio and Scorsese, the only difference is that everything the latter have done together have been stellar!

Conrad on Mar 27, 2010


Actually this movie set-up pretty well for a sequel. We know that *SPOILERSZ* Viggo's character is secretly an agent working with the police to infiltrate the russian mafia, so I think this is an opportunity to see the direction his character takes. Even though the mob boss was arrested for raping the girl, maybe he gets away with it, after the judge is threatened or something? *END SPOILERS* Either way Cronenberg can do no wrong. Excited to see him direct more.

jman571 on Mar 27, 2010


Eastern Promises was awful. Please no more!

Ben on Mar 27, 2010


I dont get how a director and an actor can do 2 films together and be called the combos you guys are saying. The only one that qualifies is Scorsese/DiCaprio, as far as I know Cronen/ Mortensen have done 2 and same with Scott/Crowe but I guess 3 counting Robin Hood. Plus @25 why would YOU be tired of Scott/Crowe Gladiator and Body of lies, your just complaining to complain theres no point behind it. Also Scott just makes greats films no matter what so your crazy.

Cody w on Mar 27, 2010


I thought Eastern Promises was okay, I'm not dying for a sequel.

Crump's Brother on Mar 27, 2010


Just watched the movie...was absolutely excellent in my opinion. @26 *Spoilers* He was actually an FSB agent from Russia sent their, and to add to your sequel possibilities. He said at the end how can I become king if this one isnt out of the way. Kiriil never found out his true side, So it could show him systematically take down the whole organization. I mean when he was sworn in their were 5 other bosses of the same family. Or maybe Kiriil somehow finds out and he has to kill him. There are lots of possibilities for sequels I honestly cant wait to see it. I think Ill watch History of violence next cause Ive yet to see that.

Cody w on Mar 28, 2010


Oh man I loved Eastern Promises.

JimD on Mar 28, 2010


you guys dont have the balls to say it but eastern promises is one the greatest movies ever made period!!!!!!! Yeah i said it

Howsoonisnow1985 on Mar 23, 2011


Eastern Promises was excellent!!..I am looking forward to seeing part 2...Viggos performance was excellent!!..

Han13usa on Feb 7, 2012

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