‘Eastern Promises 2′ Moving Forward

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 31st, 2009 at 7:26 am,

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Eastern Promises opened in the summer of 2007 and it easily became one of my favorite movies of the year, and one of my favorite Viggo Mortensen movies ever. The movie didn’t get as big of a release as it deserved but it received great critical praise (88% on Rotten Tomatoes) and an Oscar nod for its leading man.

If you liked the first movie as much as I did, I have some good news for you! In an exclusive interview with MTV, the director of Eastern Promises, David Cronenberg, revealed that he and the folks behind the first movie are interested in doing a sequel and are already starting to plan it out.

“We are moving forward with it… We all are excited about the idea of doing a sequel.”

When he says “we” he’s referring to himself, Viggo, Steven Knight, Paul Webster and Focus Features (the studio behind the first film). Steven Knight and Paul Webster were the writer and producer of Eastern Promises respectively.

That’s fantastic news in my eyes, especially since it emphasizes that everyone from the first movie is united in their interest in making a follow-up film and therefore, it’ll be done right and for the right reasons.

“We are going to have a meeting very soon between me, Steven Knight and Paul Webster to discuss what the script would be,” Cronenberg said. “I have some very strong ideas about what I would like to see, but I would like to hear what they have to say as well. And then after that, if all goes well, Steve goes away and writes a great script. If we all like it, we make it.”

If all things go well and a solid script is presented to kick-start the movie’s production, we’ll be seeing the Cronenberg-Mortensen pairing for the third time (the first being with A History of Violence), and Cronenberg’s first ever sequel to one of his own films. The director has nothing but great things to say about Mr. Mortensen:

“Viggo is a very special guy… I consider him a personal friend and we communicate all the time. That doesn’t always happen with actors. He’s very serious about his acting. But he’s really a funny guy. We laugh a lot. We giggle a lot.”

The first film featured the powerful cast of Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl but there’s no word yet on any re-appearances of other original characters.

Would you be interested in a sequel to Eastern Promises?

Source: MTV

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  1. Hell yes!
    This is great! Maybe we can see a prequel when Viggo’s…um, better not spoil anything but those who have seen may know what I am talking about.
    Viggo and Cronenberg must always pair with each other in films!

  2. I would be interesteted in a`sequel if it was a chracter driven piece and told us a little more about Russia and its history .
    And what is in the past of Viggos character that makes being in deep cover in the russian mob PREFERABLE to his own life?
    He seemed very lonely at the end.
    As if he wasnt leaving much behind.
    does he have no friends or family at all?
    I hope they delve into his character a bit more .

  3. Would welcome a sequel, it was a very good film, and would like to see how he acts as boss, in trying to bring down such a organisation.

  4. After a History of Violence and this, I think Viggo/Cronenberg is gonna be looked back as one of the strongest collabos of our time.

    Then there was the Prophecy sans David, where Viggo played the devil (his best work ever imo)…seriously, get on it.

  5. yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Maybe in this one, Viggo will actually get to hit dat! Naomi Watts? Not too shabby, Strider, not too shabby.

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