Fresh off premiering the Michael Fassbinder-starring Steve Jobs biopic at the Telluride Film Festival, director Danny Boyle revealed that, if scheduling allows, his next film will be the long-awaited sequel to his 1996 cult classic Trainspotting. “All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” Boyle told Deadline. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.”
The sequel will be based on the Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno, which revisits the heroin-addicted characters a decade after the events of Trainspotting. John Hodge, the screenwriter of Trainspotting as well as Boyle’s A Less Life Ordinary and The Beach, has already penned the sequel’s script, with the Oscar-winning director calling it “terrific.” As the novel’s title suggest, the sequel will find the four main characters from the original embarking into the world of pornography.
Actors Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle have all agreed to reprise their roles for the sequel, which is tentatively titled Trainspotting 2. While Porno was released a dozen years ago, numerous factors kept the sequel from kicking into production, including a rift between McGregor and Boyle. (McGregor, the star in three Boyle films, initially refused to work with the director again after being passed over for Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach; the two have since patched things up.)
Miller, who played “Sick Boy” in Trainspotting, and Carlyle, who portrayed the antagonistic “Begbie,” are the two actors currently complicating scheduling, as Miller stars on CBS’ Elemental and Carlyle has a substantial reoccurring role on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.