Exciting news coming out of SXSW this past weekend — but it’s not about a movie we’ll see any time soon. It looks like a sequel to Danny Boyle’s “Trainspotting” may finally happen in 2016, just in time for the film’s 20th anniversary.
Boyle has been talking about a possible sequel, based on author Irvine Welsh’s own “Trainspotting” follow-up, “Porno,” for years. But in Austin, where the director premiered new footage from his upcoming thriller “Trance,” he said that his frequent collaborator John Hodge is currently working on a screenplay.
And Boyle hopes to reunite the original “Trainspotting” cast, which included Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner. “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,” Boyle told The Playlist. “I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down.”
So why revisit the lives of Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud after so many years? “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,” Boyle said. “So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people.”