David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen Reteaming for EASTERN PROMISES Sequel

     March 27, 2010


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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