I have to give it to Danny Boyle; Trainspotting is basically my favorite film by him. That says a lot because he has done so many great films like Sunshine, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, and 127 Hours. I’m incredibly hesitant about him making a sequel to something like Trainspotting. But if he is set on making a sequel, by all means I will make sure to see it in theaters.
ThePlaylist got a hold of Boyle during the SXSW Film Festival, and he stated that he has had plans for a sequel for some time now:
This has been a long time coming. 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 [McGregor] 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.
Boyle went on to say that he hopes to make the film in 2016. The reason for him to want that date is because “it was 1996 when Trainspotting came out. 20 years, it’s like wow, where did that go.” It would be loosely based on the sequel novel by author Irvine Welsh, Porno. Boyle doesn’t want it to be a direct adaptation of the book, but Welsh would be onboard for the project.
This is still an iffy move on Boyle’s part. Like he said, it would be 20 years since Trainspotting. Is having a sequel now really a good choice? While his intentions are on making it like a mid-life crisis for the characters, it might be hard to re-visit them now after so many years.[ThePlaylist via Collider]