David Cronenberg, speaking during an interview with MTV, has said a sequel for Eastern Promises is going forward.
“We are moving forward with it,” said Cronenberg. “We are all excited about the idea of doing a sequel.”
The film, a good but not masterful story of double-crossing Russian gangsters, earned Viggo Mortensen an Oscar nomination for his stunning lead performance, on he is seemingly set to reprise in the follow-up.
Cronenberg goes on to talk about his plans to meet with screenwriter Steven Knight and producer Paul Webster, both alumni of the original, to talk through ideas for the follow-up.
“We are going to have a meeting very soon between me, Steve Knight and Paul Webster to discuss what the script would be. 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”.
For those horrified/intrigued over the move by Cronenberg to make a foray into sequel territory, he does say this is the first time for him to even consider making such a move. He continues:
“I’ve never had the desire to do that before. But in this case, I thought we had unfinished business with those characters. I didn’t feel that we had finished with Nikolai and we had done a lot of research that was more than we could stuff into that one movie.”
It seems like a pretty decent idea. Eastern Promises does grow with further watches, especially if you can avoid expectations of strangeness creeping in. This, for all intents and purposes, is a fairly straightforward film, but it does hold some nice touches and a return could well give Cronenberg a chance to further imprint his personality on the story.
More exciting though, given the immense A History of Violence and Eastern Promises itself, is the possibility of a new hook-up between Cronenberg and Mortensen, a very fertile partnership thus far and one which could eventually bring Mortensen his well-deserved Oscar.