Cronenberg Says Eastern Promises Sequel is Happening

Former maverick Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg continues his trek toward the mainstream. First with a series of surprisingly commercial movies, then agreeing to direct the very commercial Ludlum story “The Maltarese Circle”, and now talking about the very real possibility of a sequel to his gangster movie “Eastern Promises”. And it’s not like people are dragging Cronenberg into sequelberg here, he’s actively talking about wanting to do it. Gasp!

Cronenberg said this to MTV:

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

We are going to have a meeting very soon between me, Steve 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.”

So there you have it. Apparently everyone from the first movie are psyched to come back, including star Viggo Mortensen, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role as a Russian gangster in the movie.

Next up for Cronenberg, a sequel to 1981’s “Scanners”? Why not? Everyone loves exploding heads. (And yes, we are pretending the other movies in the series don’t exist.)

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