Eastern Promises 2 Dead At Focus

Just as it looked like it was gaining steam, David Cronenberg admits that a sequel to his 2006 Russian gangster drama “Eastern Promises” is essentially dead in the water.

Out doing press for “Cosmopolis”, an obviously frustrated Cronenberg admitted that the ‘Eastern’ follow-up was set to be his next project but obviously something has fallen through in recent weeks and he puts the blame on studio politics.

“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” Cronenberg tells The Playlist.

Such a last minute turnabout is surprising, but the ball is very much in Focus’ court now. The original film scored strong reviews and a decent but not great $50 million worldwide.