A sequel to David Cronenberg’s Russian mafia flick Eastern Promises has been bounced around ever since the original film debuted in 2007. It even got the stage where, in 2012, the film was about to go ahead when Focus Features scrapped the project. Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel had signed on to return but, at that time, it wasn’t meant to be.
Picking up where the 2007 film left off with the incompetent underboss Kirill thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai 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 himself has already stated that he is no longer a part of a sequel to the original film. No mention of whether Viggo Mortensen is still involved, either. A big fat question mark remains over the validity of this puppy, my friends.