Posts Tagged ‘The Matarese Circle’

David Cronenberg’s Sequelitis

March 31, 2009

david-cronenbergNaked rumbles aside, the London-set gangland thriller Eastern Promises did not exactly hurtle into the top tier of director David Cronenberg‘s work. But the newly-minted knight didn’t get to where he is by giving a damn what you think. He’s gone from turning stomachs into cassette decks to making a Robert Ludlum actioner with Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington. Good for the bank balance, sure, but not exactly challenging audience’s sensibilities much. Now the latest in his questionable career decisions is his revelation to MTV News that Eastern Promises 2 is in the works.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in a situation where I actually want to do a sequel to something. I’ve never had the desire to do that before. But in this case, I thought we had unfinished business with those characters. I didn’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.”


David Cronenberg, Knight

March 12, 2009

rabid1If you make enough movies with a) phallic slimy things in them or b) Viggo Mortensen, then you, too can win France’s highest honor. David Cronenberg has done both–indeed, some might argue that they are the same thing. And so it is that the French are awarding him the Legion d’Honneur. The Canadian director of The Fly and Eastern Promises joins an elite group that includes Gustave Flaubert, Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, and Celine Dion.