Good news for Trainspotting fans! Almost 20 years after the release of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, a sequel is finally confirmed. But that’s not all. Several news outlets are reporting that the original cast will reunite to film the sequel.
According to Slash Film, Sony TriStar has acquired the rights to the Trainspotting sequel. Danny Boyle will once again sit on the director’s chair, and stars of the 1996 film will be back, including Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, and Jonny Lee Miller.
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There have been reports of a sequel for the movie for years, but now it seems that the Trainspotting sequel is one more step closer to being a reality. Boyle spoke to Variety about the upcoming sequel.
“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.”
“Trainspotting was a seminal movie for me. 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-driver movies I am committed to making at TriStar.”
Trainspotting is a British black comedy film based on the 1993 Irvine Welsh novel of the same title. The movie centers around heroin addicts living in the 1980s in Edinburgh. In 2002, Welsh wrote a sequel to Trainspotting entitled Porno, and a prequel, Skagboys, was published in 2012. Boyle already confirmed that the Trainspotting sequel will follow the boys 20 years later, but as of writing, there is no confirmation whether or not the movie sequel will be based on Porno.
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Trainspotting was a hit when it was released in 1996 and it is even ranked 10th on the list of Top 100 British Films of All Time by the British Film Institute. The movie garnered $72 million internationally.
In an interview with Coming Soon, Boyle revealed that he wanted the sequel released on Trainspotting‘s 20th anniversary, which is in 2016. However, it looks like that won’t be happening. Reports say that filming will begin in spring 2016, and the movie will be released sometime in 2017.
Despite Trainspotting‘s success, Danny Boyle admitted that he is quite nervous making a sequel.
“Obviously it’s worrying because people will kill use if we made a bad job of it. I will get absolutely crucified. But you have to thrive on that potential danger within it and if it feeds into it, you might get a decent film out of it you know.”
Regarding the title of the sequel, Boyle shared that he already has something in mind, but says he might have issues with director James Cameron.
“We’re going to try and call it T2, but there might be some issues there with James Cameron. I’ll have to beg and we’ll have to go to James Cameron and say ‘What do you think?'”
Boyle, of course, is referring to James Cameron’s 1989 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, often shortened to T2.
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