David Cronenberg Talks Cancelled ‘Fly’ & ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequels

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David Cronenberg’s most recent film starred Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson, but despite the presence of the actor also known as Edward Cullen, Cosmopolis failed to find an audience. The director has a reputation for writing and directing cult-classics like Scanners and Videodrome, but recently, he had been planning to revisit two of his biggest successes: the 1986 remake of The Fly and 2007 crime thriller Eastern Promises.

Within the last few years, word had spread that Cronenberg was looking to remake/reboot the Fly franchise – which swiftly ended after the 1989 sequel – though the project’s details were hard to come by. Around the same time, the director continued to talk up a sequel to Eastern Promises. However, both films were eventually cancelled.

Now, in an interview with The Playlist, Cronenberg has revealed a little bit more about how he would have approached his new version of The Fly and why it failed to take off.

“It wasn’t really a remake, it was more of a sequel or a sidebar. It was a meditation on fly-ness. None of the same characters or anything and, of course, with an understanding of modern technology. It was something I was very pleased with and it was a disappointment not to get it made. It was a budget problem, basically.”

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Financial obstacles also interfered with Eastern Promises 2, Cronenberg said:

“Focus Features couldn’t agree on a budget, basically. I thought it was a very ambitious script and I wanted to do it properly and they really felt the financial restraints of the world in general. It was a really budget disagreement. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not involved anymore.”

The traditionally anti-sequel Cronenberg also shared how he would have approached the sequel and what drew him to continue the story.

“[Eastern Promises 2] was something I really wanted to explore because it was the first time I had ever been tempted to do a sequel because I felt I wasn’t finished with the character of Nikolai, played by Viggo Mortensen, and Kirill played by Vincent Cassel. I really wanted to see Nikolai go back to Russia, because one of the things I wanted in the first movie was that you see a bunch of Russians in London but you never see them in Russia… In the sequel, we would see Nikolai go to Russia and there would be Russian elements and so on and so on. And [original screenwriter] Steve Knight wrote a lovely script.”

Unfortunately, it now seems that fans will have to accept the fact that (for now, at least) both Cronenberg films are highly unlikely to see the light of day.

Are you disappointed that Cronenberg won’t get to revisit the worlds of The Fly and Eastern Promises? Or are both films better off left alone? Sound off in the comments.

Source: The Playlist

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  1. I was disappointed with the Fly sequel. The first was intense and scary but it was disgusting lol even tho I remember watching it when I was only 4 years old. I guess it’s for a good thing they don’t revisit. Hollywood needs new ideas, and more original projects.

    • There is a twenty minute version of the Fly 2 on you tube that I highly recommend. Through some great editing you get the entire experience of the movie in a fraction of the time. I watched and though, wow I’m really glad I didn’t watch the whole movie

  2. I’m extremely dissapointed that we wont [at least for the time being] be seeing Eastern 2.
    I carried this movie with me on my iPhone for months, showing people at work the ;

    “He was like a brother to me, and now, now he looks like a fukn ice cream”


    excellent movie, both VM & VC are undderrated actors.
    I loved them in “a dangerous method” as well, though KK was meh

    • damn sticky keys

  3. It probably would have “found an audience” if it had actually made it to the theater! I REALLY wanted to see it! I never had the chance to. It never screened here.

    • -Cosmopolis- I mean

    • I agree totally. I still haven’t seen it.

  4. Failed in USA an Canada… In France and in other normal thinking european countries Cosmopolis made well, though it is not an easy film. And it’s so sad, but in my country they played in the capitol in 4 theaters for a week and in one theater for 10 weeks. In the country they played for two days about 5 towns. How it could be do well ? And the film claim some brain… and after so many spiderman-batman-american-captain-any action piff-puff the moviegoers don’t like to think. American movigoers like only silly blockbusters. they don’t like to think either. So don’t say it doesn’t go well. The business in’t about thinking.. it’s about make people stupid. And I hope Mr Croeneberg ill stay with us for more years and he can make his films, he can earn the businessman’s attention and he can make clever films.

    • well then, please, don’t hold back on your opinions of other movie-goers’ tastes.

    • “Youre a f**kin drag you know that?”

  5. Would much rather see any DC endeavor than another “mummy” incarnation.

  6. would have been interested in an eastern promises sequel

  7. I’m very disappointed about the fly movie that is the only cult classic movie I would love to see a remake and I know Cronenberg would pull it off great for this modern era but I’m afraid he might go CGI on everything meaning the metamorphosis from human to fly but with the enhancements of technology today he can take his imagination to new heights.

  8. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu**********************************ccccccccccc***************************!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s how I feel about not having an Eastern Promises sequel.

  9. I`m glad is not happening

  10. 1. I would have loved Eastern Promises 2. The first one really stayed with me.
    2. I just got done watching Cosmopolis (and I live in the USA even). I was so surprised, shocked even that nowhere have I read that Paul Giamatti’s character (no name necessary) was actually Eric Packer! The truth of who Eric Packer is. What he really looks like, smells like, lives like, thinks. I loved the scenery. Every frame looks like one of those pictures from a “hidden object” puzzle. That’s how life often looks…crowded and dirty. Great job David Cronenberg! And to think I only originally watched it to see Robert.