When Trainspotting came out in 1996, it made megastars of its director and of one of its lead actors. Now director Danny Boyle and star Ewan McGregor seem set to return for a sequel, along with the film’s other leads- most of which also struck gold in the years that followed the release of the original. Boyle says it’s been no easy task, since everyone is so busy. Aside from Boyle being busy wrapping up production on Steve Jobs, and McGregor having his hands full with six films that have either been announced or already in some stage of production, co-stars Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle currently star in primetime TV series.
Boyle had this to say, about the stars finally aligning for a sequel:
“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.”
The possibility of a sequel has been floating around for quite some time, which makes sense considering that the novel upon which the first film was based has a follow-up. Trainspotting was written by John Hodge, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Hodge has written the sequel, which Boyle says is terrific, and it’ll be based on Welsh’s book “Porno.”
The original followed the misadventures of drug-addled youths in Edinburgh, and the sequel promises to catch up with the surviving characters 20 years later.