A while back David Cronenberg dropped the bombshell news that there were plans for an Eastern Promises sequel, Stephen Knight was already writing a script, and there was even some interest from Focus Features in getting it made. Instantly, fans of slicked back hair, tattoos, and vodka shot grimaces rejoiced at the possibility all over the world. But “script being written” is a long way from “actually being made” in the life of a potential project, so how’s the progress on this one going these days? Turns out, pretty dang good.
Vulture is reporting that not only is the first film’s star, Viggo Mortensen, looking like he’s ready to come back and make the sequel, but French actor extraordinaire Vincent Cassel is currently in negotiations to return as well. Mortensen and Cassel teaming up for anything has to be seen as great news. Report that they’re working together on a straight-to-video Gone Fishin’ sequel and it would be exciting. But this? This could be one of the rarest things in the world: a non-superhero sequel that movie fans actually want to see.
According to this report, the story for the second film is planned to pick up right where the first left off, with Cassel’s incompetent character thinking he’s had the good fortune of inheriting a criminal empire, but not knowing that his right-hand man (Mortensen) is actually an undercover agent. That’s a tense situation that sounds likely to explode. And, if we’re lucky, maybe it will explode in an even crazier naked steam bath knife fight than the one that happened in the first film. They do always say that sequels need to go bigger.