“Eastern Promises” Sequel Rumors Resurface

A few years ago came talk of a sequel to David Cronenberg’s 2007 gangster drama “Eastern Promises”. Things were moving on it with both Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel set to reprise their roles and “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight returning to pen the follow-up’s script.

Then Focus Features pulled the plug on the movie in 2012 and that was the last we’d heard of it. Now, a posting on My Entertainment World (via The Hollywood News) suggests the film has come back to life again and has set a Spring production start date in London. Boasting the new title “Body Cross,” the film also has a synopsis:

Picking up where the 2007 film left off 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.”

Cronenberg said he wasn’t involved in the sequel back in 2012, but the project has remained in development with Knight saying in 2013 the script is far superior to the first. No word if Cronenberg’s come back around as there’s no confirmation that the listing is accurate at this time.