Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting Sequel Moves Forward
Director Danny Boyle‘s on-again, off-again effort to produce a sequel to his 1996 hit Trainspotting is reportedly back on. The director told Indiewire at the SXSW Festival that Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge is at work on a sequel, and he hopes to have the film out in 2016, with the original cast all returning:
”This has been a long time coming,” he said. “There’s always been this long term plan for ‘Trainspotting 2,’ if John 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,” he said. “I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down.”
Original star Ewan McGregor reportedly feuded with Boyle after the director cast Leonardo DiCaprio over McGregor in The Beach.
Irvine Welsh, who wrote the novel Trainspotting, also penned a sequel called Porno, which follows the main characters ten years after the events of the original as they pursue careers in the adult film industry. Boyle said the new film will be “loosely” based on Porno.
Some have already noted that a sequel to a film about heroin addicts featuring all of the main characters seems unrealistic; after ten years, at least one might be dead, suffering severe health problems, or incarcerated.
Welsh also wrote a prequel to Trainspotting, called Skagboys.
Trainspotting was one of Boyle’s first international hits. He has since directed everything from sci-fi blockbusters like 28 Days Later to heartwarming smaller films like Millions. He won an Oscar for 2008′s Slumdog Millionaire.
What do you think of a potential Trainspotting sequel?
[via The Independent]