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Director David Cronenberg confirms that Eastern Promises 2 is dead

Aug. 14, 2012by: Paul Shirey

For those looking forward to seeing the adventures of the dark and violent Russian mobsters of David Cronenberg's EASTERN PROMISES, it looks like those dreams are kaput. Our man Jimmy O spoke with Cronenberg during the press rounds for his upcoming COSMOPOLIS and confirmed that the sequel is no longer moving forward.

Cronenberg said,"Unfortunately, just recently it fell apart I think for good. It was a disappointment because I literally thought I would be in pre-production on it this October. But it is pretty much dead."

No word on what transpired to see the project hit the bricks, but Cronenberg deflected to the production company, saying,
"You have to talk to James Schamus at Focus to get the details maybe..."

EASTERN PROMISES was a cool flick, with yet another great turn from Viggo Mortensen, including a particularly brutal naked bathhouse brawl. Although not a major box office smash, the film has since gone on to establish itself as a cult classic, as is kind of typical for Cronenberg, who rarely destroys the box office, but rather trickles in through the back door.

It's a shame he isn't able to continue the story, but I have no doubt he'll bounce back with something equally...Cronenberg-y.

Extra Tidbit: Note to self...steer clear of Russian bath houses. After Eastern Promises and Red Heat, I'm pretty sure I don't need to add that to the bucket list.
Source: JoBlo.com

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4:22PM on 08/14/2012

Ah, fuck!

Just...dammit!
Just...dammit!
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5:31PM on 08/14/2012
it was the movie i was looking forward to next from him, not cosmopolis
it was the movie i was looking forward to next from him, not cosmopolis
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3:36PM on 08/14/2012

SHIT!!!!!!!!

That was poised to be the first legit look at Russian mob culture.

Focus was going strong before. What happened?
That was poised to be the first legit look at Russian mob culture.

Focus was going strong before. What happened?
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11:03AM on 08/15/2012

Im seriously bummed

Was really looking forward to this, the first movie was flawed but Mortensen's performance and storyline were great, at the end of the movie you get the feeling that his journey is just starting and i was excited to see it continued. Oh well...
Was really looking forward to this, the first movie was flawed but Mortensen's performance and storyline were great, at the end of the movie you get the feeling that his journey is just starting and i was excited to see it continued. Oh well...
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10:07PM on 08/14/2012

Nude man fight - iconic,one of the best in history

may b we can see a new david cronenberg project.he is one of my alltime favourite directors.he is very underrated.love his film esp., ExistenZ which is grossly underrated.Inception must b inspired from it
may b we can see a new david cronenberg project.he is one of my alltime favourite directors.he is very underrated.love his film esp., ExistenZ which is grossly underrated.Inception must b inspired from it
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4:46PM on 08/14/2012
OK, calm down. But I was really looking forward to this.
OK, calm down. But I was really looking forward to this.
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4:10PM on 08/14/2012

Not surprised

Frankly, I'm was even more surprised that they even considered making a sequel. Still it would be neat more adventures from Nikolai.
Frankly, I'm was even more surprised that they even considered making a sequel. Still it would be neat more adventures from Nikolai.
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9:43PM on 08/14/2012

Fuck!

You know, in hindsight, it might be a good thing that he's not involved in a sequel. America loves their sequels, and I feel Cronenberg would have done us justice, but I guess that means onto more original pieces.
You know, in hindsight, it might be a good thing that he's not involved in a sequel. America loves their sequels, and I feel Cronenberg would have done us justice, but I guess that means onto more original pieces.
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3:39PM on 08/14/2012
Viggo was the only thing worth watching in the first movie, not surprised.
Viggo was the only thing worth watching in the first movie, not surprised.
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