A little over a decade after its release, and David Cronenberg’s mafia drama “Eastern Promises” may finally be getting a sequel.
The first film proved a breakout hit for writer Steven Knight who went on to write/direct “Locke” along with penning numerous films and creating the TV series “Peaky Blinders” and “Taboo”. The film’s star Viggo Mortensen also earned an Oscar nomination for his work in the original.
Now, speaking with Collider to promote the Matthew McConaughey-led thriller “Serenity,” Knight says not only is a follow-up to ‘Promises’ happening but it’s slated to begin production this year and explains it thus:
“It is like fishing, where you leave it out there, and it’s been out there for a while. It went through permutations in the sense of, how do you follow Viggo? We’ve been through that and we’ve moved on and now we’re in a position where I will say ‘watch this space,’ we’re close to getting into production. The script] changed a bit. It changed quite recently as a result of events in the world. The topicality of the Russia thing. I’ve adapted it to reflect recent events.”
Neither Cronenberg or Mortensen are expected to return for the new film and plot specifics are under wraps.