Fox Passes on David Cronenberg’s THE FLY Sequel; Viggo Mortensen Still Attached to EASTERN PROMISES 2

     November 18, 2011

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Last month, we received confirmation that David Cronenberg had written a sequel to his 1986 classic horror film, The Fly.  At the time, Cronenberg explained “The Fly is not exactly a remake, it’s sort of a sequel, kinda. Yeah, that was a thing. I’ve written a script of that, and I don’t know if that’s going to really happen, but that has to do with Fox.”  According to The Playlist, Fox has made their decision and that decision is to pass on the movie.  This doesn’t mean Fox won’t remake The Fly at some point, but if they do, it probably won’t be with Cronenberg.  On the one hand, it frees him up to visit new territory, but it also opens the door that some hacky director could come in and deliver a pointless new version (e.g. The Thing).

However, Cronenberg isn’t moving on to completely new material.  Hit the jump for an update on Eastern Promises 2.

When we reported on Eastern Promises 2 (unofficial title) back in March 2010, it sounded like everything was set with Viggo Mortensen reprising his role as Russian gangster Nikolai, original writer Steven Knight penning the script, and Focus Features was on board.  However, it looks like the film is still churning through development hell.  Cronenberg tells The Playlist:

Eastern Promises might happen,” the director said. “There is a script that we all like, including Viggo, and Focus is interested.”  I’m interested in anything Cronenberg does especially with Mortensen on board, but I’m fine letting the Eastern Promises sequel develop at its own pace.

Cronenberg’s new film, A Dangerous Method, opens in limited release on November 23rd.  His next movie, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, will likely open next year.

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