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David Cronenberg's 2006 crime thriller 'Eastern Promises' will not see its story continue in a followup film. The sequel had been in the works for quite some time, and a script was already in place thanks once again to scribe Steven Knight. Both Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel were set to reprise their roles. But now it looks like Focus Features has pulled the plug on the project. Cronenberg himself confirmed this fact in a recent interview. When asked the obligatory question about what's next on his agenda, after his latest film 'Cosmopolis' is released this month, Cronenberg became quite candid...
"It was supposed to be 'Eastern Promises 2.' But that's dead. We were supposed to start shooting 'Eastern Promises 2' in October. [But] It's done... If you don't like it talk to James Schamus at Focus. It was his decision."
So not only is there no doubt that the sequel is dead, but also it could not be more clear who killed it. Cronenberg sounds especially bitter about this, and I'm not sure I can blame him. To have a project you've been anticipating for so long, a project set to begin shooting in less than two months, scratched by an executive at the studio is the pinnacle of frustration for a director. It has to feel like deja vu for Cronenberg who has had issues of this type with the larger studios in the past. That all being said, I'm not sure I wanted to see a sequel to 'Eastern Promises.' I really liked the first film, and I think it's another great testament to Cronenberg's talents as a director, but I think trying to milk more out of that story could put serious strain on what are currently outstanding established character arcs. I feel bad that one of my all time favorite filmmakers is running into more problems with studio heads, but I can't say that I am all that disappointed that we won't get 'Eastern Promises 2: Promise Harder.'
What do you guys think? Any 'Eastern Promises' mega fans out there disappointed there won't be a sequel?