Danny Boyle Wants 'Trainspotting' Sequel in 2016 with Original Cast

March 11, 2013
Source: The Playlist

Danny Boyle / Porno

Since the spring of 2007, there have been rumblings that director Danny Boyle wanted to make Porno, the sequel to his adaptation of Trainspotting, based on Irivine Welsh's novel of the same name. However, Boyle has taken on other projects like Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and now Trance this year (watch the red band trailer here) and there's been no word on the project. However, last fall, we missed word from Boyle saying, "There’s a script, well, an early draft. I’m working with Jonny Lee Miller [who played Sick Boy], and when we get the script ready, I’ll approach the rest of the original cast and see how much it appeals." Just last week the director had a panel at SXSW, and he updated the progress of adapting Porno.

First of all, for those who aren't familiar, here's a synopsis of Irvine Welsh's book:

In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley crew that includes the neighborhood's favorite ex-beverage salesman, "Juice" Terry.

In the world of Porno, however, even the cons are conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog. The out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it's the hapless, drug-addled Spud who may be spreading the most trouble.

However, Boyle says the book would be more loosely based on the sequel book, but they would make sure to get Irvine's approval before moving forward. So when might we see this reunion come together? Well, unfortunately it won't be for a few years (and therefore probably isn't even definite at this point), but Boyle told The Playlist that John Hodge (Trainspotting, Trance, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach) is working on the script (which is a change from news last fall) and hopes to shoot the film in 2016. The filmmaker says:

"This has been a long time coming. 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. I think they'll wanna know that the parts are good so they don't feel like they are letting anyone down. 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. So you want to make sure you don't disappoint people. That will be the only criteria I think."

Though Ewan McGregor and Boyle had a bit of a falling out, the actor has made it clear that he would love to return for a Trainspotting sequel and work with Boyle again. In addition, both Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller have already said they would undoubtedly come back for the film. The only issue would be working around those actors' schedules. Carlyle doesn't seem to be too busy, but McGregor makes at least one film each year, and Miller is currently the star of the CBS series "Elementary" where he plays Sherlock Holmes. Of course, if the show doesn't last a couple more years, that won't be an issue. Stay tuned for updates, but we're not going to hold our breath until this film is in front of camera.

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Interesting. Haven't seen Trainspotting in a long time, and don't really remember that much from it. I remember liking it, so I'd definitely be down for a sequel.

grimjob on Mar 11, 2013


I'm looking forward to this. There's nothing wrong with a belated sequel, just think Wall Street 2 and of course Tron Legacy. So I'm game.

The Mechanic on Mar 12, 2013


Really wish he would do another movie along the lines of 28 days later, doesnt have to be zombies but maybe apocalyptic.

Cody W on Mar 12, 2013


Isn't Carlyle also currently in a US TV show? Seems fairly 'busy'.

Chris on Mar 13, 2013

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