It has been 19 years since Danny Boyle's Trainspotting was released, and it still remains as one of the best Scottish film of all time. Based on Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name, the now-considered cult movie brought together a group of young actors who are now worldwide known talents: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, and Kevin McKidd.
It would seem unlikely for Trainspotting 2 to even happen, given the first film was released almost 20 years ago, but having a literary sequel titled Porno, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Boyle chose to make the sequel a reality. Boyle has already confirmed Trainspotting 2 as his next project, and Robert Carlyle recently revealed to NME the script is the best he has ever read, but now that the movie has found a distributor, it all points at it truly happening sooner than we thought.
THR shares that TriStar has acquired the rights to the sequel of Trainspotting, with Danny Boyle set to direct and with the original cast included – that is Ewan McGregor as Mark Renton, Ewen Bremmer as Spud, Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy, and Robert Carlyle as Begbie. Let us not forget the tragic fate of Kevin McKidd's character, Tommy.
Also coming back is writer John Hodge, the man behind the adaptation of the previous movie. Although there is a literary sequel they can lean on, Hodge wrote an original script and it won't take much from the follow-up book, especially the title. Instead, the sequel will explore the lives of Welsh's characters 20 years after the events of the original movie.
Director Danny Boyle shared the following:
“It’s been 20 years since we met these characters and John Hodge’s screenplay brilliantly explores what's happened to them—and to us—in the intervening years. We are grateful to Tom and Hannah for their support and we can’t wait to get going.”
According to THR, Sony Pictures co-chair Tom Rothman and TriStar president Hannah Minghella read the script on Thursday night and made the deal by Friday. Minghella shared:
“Like almost everyone my age, I had the ‘Choose Life’ poster on my university dorm room wall. I have wanted to work with Danny ever since, so the opportunity to collaborate on the sequel is truly a dream come true. It perfectly represents the filmmaker-driven movies I am committed to making at TriStar.”
With TriStar now backing the project, Boyle's plans to shoot the movie next year will most likely come to fruition, with a release aimed for 2017.
Trainspotting follows a group of heroin addicts in the late 1980s. Throughout the movie we see them deal with their own demons, their addictions, relationships, friendships, and being young adults in an economically depressed Edinburgh. Things didn't end well for many of them. It's going to be interesting to see what they have been up to, and if they changed at all.
Will Begbie still have anger issues? Will Sick Boy still be a pimp and drug dealer? What happened with Rent and Spud? Thankfully, these questions and more stand a chance to be answered in 2017.
Screen Rant will keep you posted on further details on Trainspotting 2 as the project develops.