Production is now underway on the sequel to Trainspotting, the acclaimed 1996 drama/dark comedy that properly launched the careers of people like Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle and star Ewan McGregor (after they had worked together on 1994’s Shallow Grave). Boyle revealed that he had begun filming Trainspotting 2 in Edinburgh back in March, but the project has started to get more attention now that photos and videos from the film’s set have leaked online.
Sony Pictures has released an “announcement” teaser for Trainspotting 2 or T2 as it’s currently being called (not to be mistaken with James Cameron’s Terminator sequel T2: Judgement Day, of course). The clip also reveals that an UK theatrical release date has been set for the sequel, with McGregor reprising his role from the first Trainspotting alongside Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewan Bremner, and possibly also Kelly Macdonald.
The Trainspotting 2/T2 “announcement” teaser naturally doesn’t feature any footage from the in-production sequel; rather, it unfolds as a montage of memorable moments and scenes from the original Trainspotting, accompanied by Mark Renton’s (McGregor) famous “Choose life” voiceover monologue.
Said teaser culminates with the reveal of a January 27th, 2017 UK release date for the sequel, even though a U.S. date has yet to be officially set. It is plausible that Sony will give Trainspotting 2 a late December 2016 “Oscar-qualifying” run before it goes wider in the U.S. in January, thus allowing the film to reach theaters in time to commemorate its 20th anniversary (stateside, anyway). Sony/Screen Gems have Resident Evil: The Final Chapter set to hit theaters in January 2017, but Trainspotting 2 (a Sony/Tristar production) could find room for itself to thrive at the box office during that same period by serving as awards season programming.
Trainspotting novel author Irvine Welsh wrote a sequel book titled “Porno” that was published in 2003 and Trainspotting 2 (which, like its predecessor, was scripted by John Hodge) is expected to be a loose adaptation of Welsh’s followup novel. “Porno” picks up ten years after the events of Trainspotting (whereas Trainspotting 2 looks to catch up in real-time) and sees Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson (Miller) return to Edinburgh, where he recruits his old buddy Mark, among others, to help him direct and produce a pornographic film. However, obstacles soon present themselves, including a fresh out of jail and revenge-seeking Francis Begbie (Carlyle) as well as a drug-addled Spud (Bremner).
Boyle has come a ways as a filmmaker since his days making the original Trainspotting and now boasts such critically-beloved genre movies as 28 Days Later and Sunshine under his belt, along with prestigious dramas such as the Best Picture Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and Steve Jobs. Boyle’s Jobs biopic was a dud at the box office and failed to gain awards season attention as predicted last year, but the director was already at work on Trainspottting 2 well before that happened. Boyle’s cast has similarly lead prosperous careers in recent years, so Trainspotting 2 is (by most accounts) a passion project for them, first and foremost. Fingers crossed, that passion will ultimately give rise to a sequel that was worth the twenty-year wait, too.
Trainspotting 2/T2 opens in UK theaters on January 27th, 2017. We’ll let you know when the film gets a U.S. release date.
Source: Sony Pictures Releasing UK