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

     November 18, 2011


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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  • kurjak

    I don’t care for Cronenberg any more. A Dangerous Method is one of the worst films i’ve seen this year. Blaah.

  • EV M

    Say again? Why on earth would they pass? …Oh, wait, it’s Fox, right? Never mind.

  • Norm

    The Thing sequel was pretty good-every fan of the Kurt Russell movie appreciated the attention to detail tying it into that film-some good scares and fun effects

  • TexasSinkholeFan229

    They said no? That sucks, I would have loved a (true) sequel. Instead we can look forward to some more comedies about middle age guys in wacky situations, or some spies doing spy crap.

  • mvdc


    The Thing with Kurt Russell is one of my favorite movies of all time. The Thing from 2011 sucks. Big time. It has minimal attention to detail and barely even tries to make sense. It’s essentially a remake but they try to somehow make it a prequel by tying it in at the VERY LAST MINUTE of the movie. That’s the best part. When the helicopter leaves and you remember, oh yeah, there’s a much better movie I can watch at home.

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