In a recent interview with Cinematical.com, Danny Boyle divulged that a Trainspotting sequel could very well happen.
The 1996 British comedy drama told the story of a group of heroin addicts living Edinburgh and was based on Irvine Welsh‘s book of the same title. The film finally put Boyle’s name on the map, while introducing a host of UK actors to the movie mainstream, including Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle.
“It will happen, I think,” Boyle said. “I mean, we’ll approach them all again about it, but it will depend on what place they’re all at. We have a very strong idea that it would be a wonderful thing to re-approach, to do again, when they have aged clearly into a mid-life kind of crisis, basically. They’re not quite there yet, I don’t think.”
Boyle, whose latest film 127 Hours was released in November, explained further that any kind of follow up to Trainspotting would likely draw from Welsh’s Porno. The 2002 novel features the main characters from Trainspotting a decade later and how they land in the pornographic film industry.
“Porno, is not a great book in the way that Trainspotting, the original novel, is genuinely a masterpiece, I think, as a piece of writing,” Boyle added. “But we have been doing some work on it, and it’s got potential, yeah, for sure. And when the moment’s right, I think we will approach it.”
In the 15 years since Trainspotting, McGregor (Mark Renton) has become one of the world’s most loved celebrities, having starred in blockbuster films such as Moulin Rouge and the three Star Wars prequels. Miller (a.k.a. Sick Boy) appeared in BBC’s Emma and the short-lived ABC comedy Eli Stone. He’s set to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Boyle’s forthcoming London play Frankenstein.
Carlyle portrayed the film’s resident psycho (Begbie) and he too has gone on to achieve successful parts in Boyle’s 2000 adventure drama The Beach as well as The Full Monty and 28 Days Later. Kelly Macdonald (the blackmailing Diane who fell for Renton) is known for playing Margaret Schroeder in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. She has also starred in hit movies such as Gosford Park, Nanny McPhee and No Country for Old Men. Ewen Bremner (the bespectacled Spud) has landed movie roles in Snatch and Black Hawk Down as well as small TV parts in My Name Is Earl and Strike Back in the UK.
And remember the blond-mopped Tommy? That was Scottish actor Kevin McKidd, who plays the feisty war vet/surgeon Owen Hunt on Grey’s Anatomy.
“This is an imaginative thing to look at these guys, who you kind of fell in love with and a whole generation fell in love with in a certain kind of way, and then you see them again and they’ve aged, just like we all do,” Boyle added. “And then it becomes about that, and I think that would be really nice.”
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