Vincent Cassel Says ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Has “Collapsed”

David Cronenberg’s Russian mob drama Eastern Promises opened in 2007 and was a modest success. But it’s safe to say it has lived longer in the minds of fans because of the ever-present teasing of a sequel. A follow-up has gotten off the ground multiple times, only to fall back into limbo. Well, now one of the film’s original stars, Vincent Cassel, is putting a lid on sequel hopes once and for all.

Speaking to The Independent, Cassel says Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises sequel, the one that would’ve seen the return of Viggo Mortensen, isn’t going to happen…

“[Cronenberg] had a wonderful script,” Cassel said. “We were ready to do it and I don’t know why it collapsed. Now I don’t think it will happen anymore.”

While that’s definitely disappointing for fans who have waited so long, that criminal underworld created by Cronenberg isn’t totally gone. A spinoff penned by Steven Knight and starring Jason Statham was set into motion in 2020. While there hasn’t been any news on it since, the project is seemingly still alive.

Travis Hopson
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