‘Trainspotting’ Sequel Might Actually Be Happening

By September 7, 2015
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It’s easy to see, looking back on it now, just how much of an impact Trainspotting made when it was first released. Apart from its content, the film also launched director Danny Boyle into the mainstream as one of the most innovative and versatile filmmakers in the film industry for the past few decades, and launched the careers of several of its lead stars including Ewan McGregor (who was turned into a superstar shortly after the film’s release), Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewan Bremner.

The movie was based on the book of the same name by Irvine Welsh, and ever since the novel’s sequel, titled “Porno” was released, there have been rumors about a Trainspotting sequel being made with the original cast and filmmakers returning. However, with the careers of several of its stars taking different trajectories over the past few years, and rumors of McGregor and Boyle having a falling out (which they have since resolved) – the possibility of a sequel actually happening have remained slim.

However, Boyle is about to enter into a majority of film conversations over the next few months with Steve Jobs earning some serious critical acclaim and awards buzz following its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend, and the director has hinted at a sequel actually happening within the next few years. While speaking with Deadline at the festival, Boyle revealed that he is planning on having Trainspotting 2 be his next project. See his full quote below:

“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.”

It’s true that the actors are incredibly nowadays, with Carlyle filming new seasons of ABC’s Once Upon a Time every year, and Miller also working on CBS’ Elementary. However, it’s possible that filming for the movie could be done during the TV hiatuses every year. Keeping in mind McGregor’s busy filming schedule as well, it seems like a lot of the trouble getting the movie made will come down to finding a time when everyone is available to actually film it.

Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge has reportedly already written an adaptation of “Porno” as well, simply titled Trainspotting 2, which Boyle is noted as calling “terrific”. If it stays true to the novel’s premise, then the sequel film would find the characters crossing paths once again, this time set against the backdrop of the porn industry. So with a promising story and a willing cast and director, it’s very possible that fans of the original film might finally get the continuation they’ve been waiting years for.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable