Jason Statham Eyes ‘Eastern Promises’ Follow-Up ‘Small Dark Look’

It’s been almost 15 years, but a follow-up to David Cronenberg’s gritty crime thriller Eastern Promises is making strides to the screen.

Jason Statham is circling to star what is now titled Small Dark Look, described as being set in the same Russian mob world as the acclaimed 2007 film that starred Viggo Mortensen.

Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet, who was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar for his drama Land of Mine, is now on board to direct.

Steven Knight, who wrote Promises (and also created shows such as Peaky Blinders), wrote the script. Loglines are being kept hidden in a steamy bathhouse but the project will not continue any storylines from the initial movie.

A sequel or follow-up has been in the works almost since the original was released. But in the intervening years both Cronenberg and Mortensen have moved on.

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The trick now is nailing down Statham. The actor has several films on his docket for 2021, including a reteaming with Guy Ritchie for an untitled thriller, a sequel to aquatic monster movie The Meg, and a possible Hobbs & Shaw 2, among others.

Zandvliet is repped by WME and Range Media.