Trainspotting 2 has been confirmed, Danny Boyle is back to direct the sequel for his now cult classic movie. The movie which was released in 1996 cemented his career.
Words: Tiasha Simon, Subeditor: Lauren Burgess
Trainspotting has been lauded as one of the greatest British movies of all time; beloved by many. Still enjoyable 20 years on, the movie is timeless, and now Sony’s TriStar Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the sequel.
Sony pictures co-chair Tom Rothman used his longstanding friendship with Boyle to set the deal. Rothman and Boyle have been linked for years, with Rothman being the CEO of Fox Searchlight when it released Boyle’s movies 28 days later, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 hours.
The TriStar president Hannah Minghella is also a long-time fan of both the director and the movie. “Trainspotting was a seminal movie for me,” she said. “Like almost everyone my age, I had the ‘Choose Life’ poster on my university dorm room wall. I have wanted to work with Danny ever since, so the opportunity to collaborate on the sequel is truly a dream come true. It perfectly represents the filmmaker-driven movies I am committed to making at TriStar.”
Not only is the movie keeping its original director, but screenwriter John Hodge is also returning. Unlike other movies with sequels that happen decades later, Trainspotting 2 will have all of the principal cast returning.
Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle will be reprising their roles of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie, respectively.
The darkly humorous film which was adapted from the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh, told the story of heroin users in Edinburgh drifting though their lives. McGregor narrated and lead the movie which elevated his career. The film is bleak and gritty, yet full of tongue-in-cheek humour which makes it memorable amongst its viewers.
Audiences do not have to worry about the movie not providing us with what’s been going on with the guys between the films, as Boyle has assured “John Hodge’s screenplay brilliantly explores what’s happened to them – and to us – in the intervening years.”
As for the script, Carlyle recently told NME, “it’s one of the best scripts I’ve f-ing read.”
Talk of a sequel has been passed about for years, ever since the author wrote a follow up novel in 2002 titled Porno- however the sequel is not taking on that name.
The movie is set to be released in 2017, with shooting starting next spring in time for the films 21st birthday.
So sit back, re-watch Trainspotting and get excited, we will soon have a sequel.