Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg will reteam for a sequel to the terrific â€œEastern Promisesâ€ (No, this one ainâ€™t got anything to do with a Polish chick breaking a promise to give you a rimjob either).
The 2007 flick, which also starred Aussie hottie Naomi Watts, told of a Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaving clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family. Mortensen played Nikolai Luzhin, a driver for the abovesaid rogue rabble.
Cronenberg, who also directed Mortensen in â€œA History of Violenceâ€, tells MTV â€œWe are moving forward with it. We all are excited about the idea of doing a sequel.â€
The filmâ€™s screenwriter, Steven Knight; original producer Paul Webster; and original studio, Focus Features, are all returning.
â€œWe are going to have a meeting very soon between me, Steve Knight and Paul Webster to discuss what the script would be,â€ Cronenberg said. â€œI have some very strong ideas about what I would like to see, but I would like to hear what they have to say as well. And then after that, if all goes well, Steve goes away and writes a great script. If we all like it, we make it.â€
Cronenberg, whose other credits include â€œThe Flyâ€ and â€œDead Ringersâ€, says, â€œItâ€™s the first time Iâ€™ve ever been in a situation where I actually want to do a sequel to something,â€ he admitted. â€œIâ€™ve never had the desire to do that before. But in this case, I thought we had unfinished business with those characters. I didnâ€™t feel that we had finished with Nikolai and we had done a lot of research that was more than we could stuff into that one movie.â€