Danny Boyle Plans to Shoot Trainspotting Sequel in 2016
Twitch founder and editor Todd Brown reported earlier today that Danny Boyle wants to film and release Porno–Irvine Welsh’s sequel to Trainspotting–by 2016, “ideally with the entire original cast back.” That word “ideally” is important, but more on that in a minute.
In an interview with Boyle at this year’s SXSW festival, the director spoke at length about his plans to adapt Porno:
There's always been this long term plan for 'Trainspotting 2,' if John [Hodge] 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.
In mentioning the need for a “decent enough script,” Boyle is no doubt referencing Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor’s reluctance to revisit Welsh’s territory. Last year, McGregor was interviewed at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he pretty much squashed any hope of his involvement. As reported by Moviefone:
I was always a bit loathe to do it [Porno], because Trainspotting is so important for me. And it was such an amazing film that still stands up today. I think making a sequel to it is almost a dangerous thing to do. You don’t want to damage the reputation of the original film if you make a lesser version.
So, as Boyle suggests, the screenplay will have to be damn good to secure McGregor. Let’s hope he and his crew can pull it off. The prospect of a follow-up to Trainspotting is exciting, but only if all the original cast members are involved.
But again, there’s that word: “ideally.” Would Boyle recast the roll?
Who else is eager to see Porno on the big screen? Would you accept any other actor playing Renton, should McGregor decline to participate?
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