David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen Reteaming for EASTERN PROMISES Sequel

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If there’s one sequel I could get completely behind, it would certainly be one for Eastern Promises, especially since all the key components seem to be coming together for the second go-round.

Indeed, Deadline is reporting the as-yet-untitled sequel will be a reunion of star Viggo Mortensen, director David Cronenberg and scribe Steven Knight, who wrote the script for the engaging original. The only things missing so far are Naomi Watts and any mention of just what direction this new gangster tale from London’s extremely seedy underbelly will take.

The film is set up at Focus Features with hopes to begin filming next winter, so definitely stay tuned for more details about this as we get them, and hit the jump to find out what else frequent collaborators Cronenberg and Mortensen are up to.

Cronenberg and Mortensen have clearly developed a great working relationship, and any version of an Eastern Promises sequel would be their fourth movie collaboration.

First came A History of Violence, which was based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke and also starred Maria Bello. Next, of course, came the first Eastern Promises, the best gangster movie in the last five years or so (though I admittedly have not yet seen Jacques Audiard’s Un Prophete), and next up will be a project that fits them both just perfectly.

The Talking Cure will examine the intense relationship between Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), and how their treatment effected one particular patient played by Keira Knightley (and no, as far as I know, it’s not a treatment for anorexia.)

The world is certainly a better place with David Cronenberg working steadily in it, so having this set to begin filming in May and hopefully an Eastern Promises sequel to begin shortly after, it’s nothing but good news.

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  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com [A]

    This can't be bad: any Cronenberg news are good news. Another movie with Viggo? Great! A sequel to “Eastern Promises”? Unexpected! But also good.. I just hope Cronenberg didn't take too……much……time……developing projects (he should sit down with Clint and learn some tips, heh)

  • Corin Prendiville

    Eastern Promises was great, I'd love to see what they do with a sequel. Viggo is always entertaining to watch.

  • VoR

    How very droll!
    I've thought about this very carefully, but I really don't think there's anything more funny in the entire world than accusing people whose appearance isn't to your taste of suffering from a serious and potentially fatal mental illness. Well played, sir!

  • mike

    Overreact much?

  • VoR

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    http://www.collider.com/2010/03/09/gabourey-sid

    No, wait. He doesn't make the slightest reference to anything appearance related at all? What a missed opportunty. I guess he must have been too busy that day. What a terrible shame.

  • thebearpaw

    Both of the Viggo/Cronenberg films are masterpieces! This is great!

  • JaySin420

    Other than Viggo, who I think is one of the best actors alive, I didn't think Eastern Promises was really that great.

    Maybe I need to watch it again though cause I loved A History of Violence and The Road was one of the best movies I've seen in a while.

  • thebearpaw

    Both of the Viggo/Cronenberg films are masterpieces! This is great!

  • JaySin420

    Other than Viggo, who I think is one of the best actors alive, I didn't think Eastern Promises was really that great.

    Maybe I need to watch it again though cause I loved A History of Violence and The Road was one of the best movies I've seen in a while.

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