One of the films of the last decade that holds up extremely well upon repeat viewings is David Cronenberg's violent crime film, Eastern Promises, starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts. I have to admit I didn't absolutely love it the first time I watched it but upon watching it again on DVD I thought, "Wow."
But as much as I've grown to like Eastern Promises, it isn't the first film I'd think of to give a sequel to. However, we learned last year that Cronenberg and the rest of the key players were interested in and were moving forward with a sequel.
Now we have an update to story almost a year to the day later: Producer of the first Eastern Promises, Paul Webster, is a busy man right now and in a story over at Deadline it's revealed that he is officially lining up Eastern Promises 2. Great news for fans of the first is that Viggo Mortensen reportedly will be reprising his role as the bad-ass Nikolai, the Russian gangster who [SPOILER ALERT!!!] turned out to be working undercover for the police.
Unsurprisingly since Mortensen will likely return, so will Cronenberg who will again be working from script written by Steven Knight. The whole gang is back... well, apart from Naomi Watts who we're not sure is returning or not. It could go either way as far as Watts coming back to reprise her role as Anna - her story was wrapped up well in the first one so I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't return. But I also wouldn't be surprised she came back and Knight has cooked up another storyline to involve her again with Mortensen's Nikolai.
As the title of this article suggests, it's looking like Eastern Promises 2 will start shooting this Fall. But first Cronenberg and Mortensen are scheduled to work together again by shooting the Sigmund Freud biopic, The Talking Cure, this summer (FYI, Mortensen replaced Christoph Waltz in that role). After the first Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, The Talking Cure and now Eastern Promises 2, the director-actor duo have really formed a great working relationship.
Are you glad to see things gearing up on the Eastern Promises 2 front? What sort of story would you like it to have?
As stated, Eastern Promises to will likely start shooting this Fall and you can expect a 2011 release.