David Cronenberg was set to direct Eastern Promises 2, a sequel to his superb 2007 thriller starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts, but it was cancelled. Indie Wire was able to get some info on why EP2 got the shaft and also got some info to Cronenberg’s remake of his 1986 remake The Fly.
Cronenberg on Eastern Promises 2:
“It was something I really wanted to explore because it was the first time I had ever been tempted to do a sequel because I felt I wasn’t finished with the character of Nikolia, played by Viggo Mortensen, and Kirill played by Vincent Cassel.
“I really wanted to see Nikolia go back to Russia, because one of the things I wanted in the first movie was that you see a bunch of Russians in London but you never see them in Russia. In other words you experience their exile and they are trying to recreate some of Russia within London. In the original screenplay there were some scenes in Russia and I thought it was better if we don’t see that – they long for Russia but we never see that.
“In the sequel we would see Nikolai go to Russia and there would be Russian elements and so on and so on. And [original screenwriter] Steve Knight wrote a lovely script.
“Focus Features couldn’t agree on a budget, basically I thought it was a very ambitious script and I wanted to do it properly and they really felt the financial restraints of the world in general. It was a really budget disagreement.
“As far as I’m concerned I’m not involved anymore.”
Damn budgets. Personally I’d rather not see a sequel if Cronenberg isn’t involved.
“It wasn’t really a remake, it was more of a sequel or a sidebar. It was a meditation on fly-ness. None of the same characters or anything and, of course, with an understanding of modern technology. It was something I was very pleased with and it was a disappointment not to get it made.
“Again it was a budget problem, basically.”
Like I said, damn budgets.
SOURCE: Indie Wire