It was almost a year ago that we found out that David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen were hoping to make a sequel to Eastern Promises — their gritty Russian crime movie that was released in 2007.
As it turns out, this was not an early April Fools joke and some more good news is here. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that producer Paul Webster is helping to bring the Focus Features sequel along, and that all parties hope to begin filming next winter based on the script from Steven Knight.
Before another Eastern Promises does get going, however, Cronenberg and Mortensen are scheduled to film their third film together this Summer. That project is titled The Talking Cure and features Viggo portraying the strange and legendary psychological mind of Sigmund Freud. Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, and Eastern Promises co-star Vincent Cassell will also be in the film.
In the first report a year ago, Cronenberg spoke about how he, and the rest of these gentlemen would gather and discuss their many options for as good story, and if/when that perfect idea was born, they would send Knight off to write and write. Judging by this news, things must have gone rather well, giving fans of the original plenty to be excited for.
Here’s what the director had to say about his usual apprehension in doing sequels to his films, and why he thought that
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.
With production on Eastern Promises 2 (which won’t be what it’s called…I would hope) still a little under a year away, a lot can and likely will change. This means that you still have a couple of years to wait before you get your eyes on this.