Jason Statham Leaves The Man from Toronto

Back in 2007, Viggo Morstensen gave us one of the best performances of his career with the Russian mob thriller Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg. For a long time, a sequel was in development, but it never came together. Focus Features isn’t letting the script go to waste though, because now it’s being turned into a new crime thriller called Small Dark Look that will have Jason Statham in the lead role. Read More »

Eastern Promises 2

For years there have been whispers about a potential Eastern Promises 2, a sequel to David Cronenberg‘s 2007 gangster movie that starred Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel. For a time, it even looked like the same creative team would reunite for it. But now we know that’s not happening, because Eastern Promises 2 has morphed into something else entirely.

A new report says that the would-be sequel’s screenplay, which was written by Eastern Promises and Locke writer Steven Knight, is being repurposed into a standalone crime thriller called Body Cross. Read more about the switch below.

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This edition of sequel bits is heavy on the big macho movies, but we’ve got some indie work in here too. After the jump read about:

  • A new poster is out for A Good Day To Die Hard, and the film will be released in IMAX
  • Mark Wahlberg says Transformers 4 starts shooting starts in May, and it’ll be his most challenging role yet.
  • The star also thinks Ted 2 might be ready to shoot after that and the ideas are “sick.”
  • David Cronenberg explains why Eastern Promises 2 didn’t happen and his idea for The Fly 2, which also didn’t happen.

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There May Be No ‘Eastern Promises 2’ After All

As David Cronenberg does the US press rounds for his new film Cosmopolis, which opens limited this Friday the 17th and expands starting the week after, he’s fielding some questions about his next film. The director often has several projects percolating, and the current time is no different. But one long-mooted film is apparently not going to happen after all, as Cronenberg says that the sequel to the 2007 Eastern Promises is no longer backed by Focus Features, and thus may not happen at all. Read More »

For the last couple years there have been rumors of a possible sequel to Eastern Promises, the film from David Cronenberg that starred Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel as members of the Russian mafia in London.

While early reports today suggested that David Cronenberg won’t direct, despite the fact that he was talking of doing so for some time. That has been corrected to say that Cronenberg is indeed set to direct, from a script by original Eastern Promises screenwriter Steven Knight. And Vincent Cassel is reportedly in talks to join Viggo as the primary returning cast. More info follows, with spoilers for the first film embedded within. Read More »

The biggest news today has been what people won’t do, rather than movies they will. We started off with Steven Soderbergh’s withdrawal from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and now we move on to the fact that Joel Edgerton has said ‘no’ to 300: Battle of Artemisia, Fox has decided not to make David Cronenberg‘s sequel to The Fly, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt won’t make the true-life ‘poisoned KGB agent’ movie Londongrad after all. Read More »

Two years ago, in September 2009, we heard the fairly surprising news that David Cronenberg might direct a remake of the 1986 film The Fly for Fox. Thing is, that ’86 film (which we celebrated not long ago) was also a remake, and also directed by Cronenberg. And if the idea of Cronenberg directing a remake of his own remake was pretty wild, that’s because the story wasn’t exactly correct.

Fox may have been thinking of making a new Fly, and the idea may have been to do something like what Universal has done with the prequel to the ’82 The Thing, with this year’s release also called The Thing. Because now Cronenberg says what he wrote was a semi-sequel to his great ’86 film.

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The ever-fruitful and edgy creative partnership between director David Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen continues, with today’s announcement of a sequel to their captivating 2007 Russian mob film Eastern Promises. The pic above perfectly conveys our expectations. Deadline reports that producer Paul Webster is overseeing the project, which now has a completed script by Steve Knight, who penned the original and also wrote David Fincher’s planned Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice. At this time last year, we posted on the possibility of a follow-up.

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