It’s been five years since David Cronenberg’s last film, Maps to the Stars, hit theatres and although he has since been developing a couple of potential projects for streaming services, he has also stated that he will be completely happy if he never directs again. However, in the meantime, it looks like one of the projects he was working on over a decade ago might be moving forward without him. At one point, Cronenberg was planning a sequel to his Russian gangster flick Eastern Promises but back in 2012 he stated that the project was dead. Now it seems to be showing signs of life again with a new director attached and possibly Jason Statham in the lead role. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Jason Statham is looking to star in the upcoming Eastern Promises sequel Small Dark Look. The follow-up is said to be set in the same world but will not continue any of the storylines from the initial movie. Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet (Land of Mine) is attached to direct from a script by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders).
Knight wrote the script for the original film and should help provide some creative consistency despite the fact that Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg are not involved. Knight also previously worked with Statham on his film Redemption aka Hummingbird. No deal for Statham is currently in place but it sounds like it is a matter of finding time in his busy schedule which includes another Guy Ritchie team-up and sequels toThe Meg and Hobbs & Shaw. Would you watch an Eastern Promises sequel starring Jason Statham?