Adam B. Vary
March 30, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Director David Cronenberg told, and EW has confirmed, that he is planning a sequel to his 2007 film Eastern Promises. “We are going to have a meeting very soon between me, [original screenwriter]Steve Knight and [original producer] Paul Webster to discuss what the scriptwould be,” Cronenberg told the site. The story would explore the consequences of the revelation at the end of Eastern Promises that Viggo Mortensen’s character, Nikolai, is a British intelligence officer working deep undercover within the Russian mob in London. EW has learned Mortensen, who won an Oscar nomination for the role, is waiting to see a script before he’ll sign onto the project. If it goes forward, the new film would be Cronenberg’s first sequel. “I thought we had unfinished business with those characters,” he said. (Additional reporting by Nicole Sperling)

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