On the heels of its 20th anniversary, Trainspotting is getting a sequel. Director Danny Boyle confirmed that the project is moving forward and all three of the film’s original stars – Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, and Jonny Lee Miller – are coming back.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Boyle confirmed they are aiming for a May/June shoot with a release in late 2016. The symmetry would be nice since 2016 will be the film’s 20th anniversary. While the confirmation is likely good news for most fans, Boyle admitted that the original cast had some trepidations about doing a sequel.
“The actors were understandably worried about its reputation and not wanting to let people down or to just be cashing in,” he said.
McGregor was one who had been on record stating he had no desire to revisit the film. His attitude apparently changed and earlier this summer at the Edinburgh Film Festival, McGregor told the media he’d be “up for it.” At the same event, he confirmed he and Boyle had discussed the potential project.
The film’s story will draw inspiration from the Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting follow-up Porno. That novel was published in 2003 and generally well received. The Evening Standard (London) called it a “worthy sequel.”
Boyle was clear that while the screenplay does draw from the novel, it is not an adaptation and would be “its own thing.” John Hodge, who penned the original screenplay, will be writing the sequel.
Trainspotting 2 (unofficial title) is currently scheduled for release sometime in 2016.