Director David Cronenberg is enjoying some decent hype from his new film Cosmopolis, which opens this weekend across Canada, and opens in the U.S. at the end of the summer. But how about a sequel to one of his more recent hits?
Vulture is reporting that the scripting process is underway for a sequel to Eastern Promises, the 2007 film starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel about the Russian mob in London, England. Steven Knight, author of the first movie’s script is penning the sequel and Cassel is in negotiations to join the burgeoning production along with Mortensen. Here’s what Vulture has to say about the film’s direction:
…with the incompetent underboss Kirill (Cassel) thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai (Mortensen) really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father, without knowing that Nikolai is actually a clandestine agent working undercover in Russia’s federal security service.
It’s unknown if Cronenberg will be behind the camera again. He’s previously expressed interest, but with Maps to the Stars starring Cosmopolis leading man Robert Pattinson in development, as well as a TV pilot and a recurring role on Sy-Fy’s Rewind in the works, the question may not be a matter of interest, but a matter of time for the legendary filmmaker.
It was reported, two years ago, that David Cronenberg was down to make a remake of his own 1986 remake of The Fly. Everybody was just like, “k wtf?” But that shit passed and people moved on with their lives.
Turns out Fox probably didn’t have their shit straight. Or Cronenberg wasn’t really clear on what he was doing. Either way, apparently this new bit is actually a “semi-sequel” to the 1986 The Fly.
According to the man himself:
“‘The Fly’ is not exactly a remake, it’s sort of a sequel, kinda. Yeah, that was a thing. I’ve written a script of that, and I don’t know if that’s going to really happen, but that has to do with Fox.”
It’s interesting that Fox might just let this one sit, considering how big of a movie this thing was.
There may also be a sequel to Eastern Promises, but I suppose you shouldn’t take any of these possible Cronenberg films to be promises.
“That is also possible. Steve Knight wrote an ‘Eastern Promises 2,’ he’s writing a second draft of that. Focus are interested in it, and we’ll see.”
What do you guys think? Would you want to read the new Fly script he wrote, even if it doesn’t make it into movieland?
So today in the news, we hear Viggo Mortenson is retiring from acting…WTF?! The King!? The naked fight in Eastern Promises? His cool and relaxed viciousness in Appaloosa? He’s not feeling it anymore, sources claim. Mortenson goes on to say that there aren’t any projects jumping out at him right now…Ummmm, Hobbit maybe? Thinking they can squeeze him in there somewhere….Anyway, as a gentlemanly nod and farewell to a fine actor, I am honoring him with one of the most original works a NB has unleashed upon my ipod….