While out doing press for his great looking new film Trance, director Danny Boyle talked to The Playlist and revealed that he's looking to get the whole cast of Trainspotting back together for a sequel! Boyle has been talking about this for some time, but now he's saying that he hopes to shoot it in 2016.
The story would be loosely based on Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh‘s novel Porno, and would pick up with the original surviving characters ten years down the road. Boyle has previously talked about making the film when the actors have aged appropriately. He went on to explain that original screenwriter John Hodge, who also wrote Boyle's Trance and The Beach, would write the film. Boyle went on to explained,
This has been a long time coming. 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 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.
For those of you who don't know, Boyle and Ewan McGregor had a falling out when Leonardo DiCaprio was cast in The Beach, when it was originally supposed to go to McGreggor. I thought that might be a hurdle, but apparently the director doesn't think it will be an issue to getting McGregor back on board so that's cool! Boyle went on to explain the reason behind the sequel's release date, "the ideal time would be Porno in 2016, because it was 1996 when Trainspotting came out."
I'm a huge fan of Trainspotting, it was such a great movie, and I watched it countless times in high school. I'm excited to hear that Boyle is still planning on making the sequel. Hopefully it actually happens!