Movie News: Filmmaker Danny Boyle Says His Next Project is the Sequel to 1996’s ‘TRAINSPOTTING’


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There have been talks of a sequel to 1996’s cult film TRAINSPOTTING, starring Ewan McGregor (STAR WARS, Ep. I-III) and Kelly Macdonald (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), for some time now. In fact, two years ago filmmaker Danny Boyle brought it up to us when we asked him about it during an interview for TRANCE. However, Boyle revealed that it is official.

At his STEVE JOBS premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this past week, Boyle said if scheduling allows, he will make the sequel to TRAINSPOTTING— currently rolling with a title that American audiences will eat up (and soon voice their opinion on), PORNO.

“All the four main actors want to come back and do it. Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together, which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series,” Boyle said at Telluride.

Those “two actors” are Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy in TRAINSPOTTING), who is riding the wave of success with CBS’ ELEMENTARY, and Robert Carlyle (Begbie in TRAINSPOTTING), who is a series regular on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME as Mr. Gold/ Rumplestiltskin. Both actors have expressed great interest in returning to Boyle’s world, along with McGregor, who seems keen on getting back on the heroin train by stepping into the shoes of his character Renton again.

Original screenwriter John Hodge, who also penned Boyle’s scripts for THE BEACH and TRANCE, is set to return. Hodge adapted the original film from the Irvine Welsh novel, and has supposedly already finished the script for PORNO.

While the sight of production may seem a little rocky at the moment, let’s hope the cast and crew can all return to continue this story 20 years later– because it seems the excitement by everyone who’s sure-to-be-attached is matched by the fans who want to see this happen.

Original TRAINSPOTTING Trailer:

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.