Danny Boyle confirms a Trainspotting sequel is coming
It’s been almost 20 years since director Danny Boyle adapted Irvine Welsh’s first novel into a gritty, fast-paced, sometimes humorous and often tragic film about the lives of heroin addicts in late 1980s Edinburgh. Two decades later, Trainspotting is still regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time and with a soundtrack that centres on Underworld classic Born Slippy, it’s one that holds a special place in the heart of dance fans.
Now, Danny Boyle has given fans the news they’ve been waiting for – he’s confirmed that a sequel to the 1996 classic is set for release next year to coincide with the film’s 20th anniversary, The Guardian report.
According to Boyle, the only thing holding up production is getting the original cast back together at the same time: “All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” he said at Colorado’s Telluride film festival, which wrapped for 2015 yesterday. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together, which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.”
A script for the sequel is already in the bag care of John Hodge, who wrote the original Trainspotting adaptation, Boyle revealed two years ago. The sequel will be based on Irvine Welsh’s follow-up novel Porno, which charts the lives of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie ten years later as their paths cross again, this time through the pornography industry.
Porno won’t be the only Irvine Welsh novel to get an adaptation since Trainspotting swept the world. In 2011, Canadian director Rob Heydon gave Welsh’s Ecstasy – “a rollicking trip through the Edinburgh club scene of the ‘90s” – the silver screen treatment, though reviews weren’t kind. Revisit the original Trainspotting trailer below.