It was back in 2013 that director Danny Boyle said that he wanted to get a sequel to his cult classic, Trainspotting, made and in cinemas for 2016. Now, two years later and with his latest film Steve Jobs just screened at Telluride (to critical acclaim and baited for Oscar glory) Boyle has once again brought up the idea of Trainspotting 2, this time saying it will likely be his next film.
Boyle and his Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor famously fell after Boyle snubbed the actor for the lead role in The Beach, instead giving it to Leonardo DiCaprio. However, the pair have reportedly buried the hatchet, and are ready for re-team for Trainspotting 2. However, the issue is the rest of the returning casts schedules.
Boyle told Deadline:
“All the four main actors want to come back and do it. Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together, which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.”
Jonny Lee Miller is busy with the CBS series Elementary while Robert Carlyle is on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, however there is hope that they can reach an agreement in their schedules to allow the highly anticipated film to get made.
The long-anticipated and much-speculated sequel would follow by at least 20 years the ground-breaking 1996 Miramax release of Channel 4’s account about the grimly, grittily entertaining misadventures of drug addicts in Edinburgh (but film was shot mostly in Glasgow). The original was written by John Hodge, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel.
Boyle also told Deadline that Hodge’s script for what they’re calling Trainspotting 2 is terrific, that the actors all want to do it and reiterated that it will be the director’s next film depending on the actors’ U.S. TV schedules. Hodge wrote the sequel script based on Welsh’s Porno, which was the author’s own sequel to his original Trainspotting novel. Hodge also wrote the screenplays for Boyle-directed movies A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach and Trance.
Back in 2013, Boyle told The Playlist:
“This has been a long time coming. There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2, if John [Hodge] can produce a decent enough script, I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan [McGregor] or any of the cast coming back. I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down. The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger. So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people. That will be the only criteria I think.”
Here’s the Porno synopsis, courtesy of Amazon:
Ten years on from Trainspotting, Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity, which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Sick Boy must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton and a motley crew that includes the city’s favourite ex-aerated-water-salesman, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson.
In the world of Porno, however, nothing is straightforward, as Sick Boy and Renton find out that they have unresolved issues to address, concerning the increasingly unhinged Frank Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other.