"Trainspotting" is one those amazingly rewatchable '90s flicks. There were several reasons for this: It was funny, it was smart. Its cast was perfect—witness the rise that Ewan McGregor took immediately after his starring turn, not to mention the recent success that Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy) has had. And, perhaps most importantly, it took a subject relatively few of us know anything about—the lives of heroin addicts in desperately poor "but culturally rich!" Edinburgh—and somehow made their shooting-up, excesses, and self-destruction relatable.
(Shit, I didn't even say anything about the soundtrack. Let's just leave it here: It's one of the best ever and I will fight anyone who says otherwise.)
Today brought big news for any other fans of the original film. Director Danny Boyle said in an interview at SXSW that he hopes to make a sequel, adapted from author Irvine Welsh's own sequel "Porno," and release the film in 2016. Boyle also expects to be able to bring back all the major characters from "Trainspotting."
From the IndieWire:
Boyle's mooted sequel to "Trainspotting," the adaptation of author Irvine Welsh's own sequel, "Porno," is back on. Boyle told The Playlist he hopes to make the film in 2016 and thinks he can get the entire original cast, including Ewan McGregor, back on board. Boyle said he's very optimistic on his timetable and noted that John Hodge – who wrote "Trance," "Trainspotting," "Shallow Grave" and "A Life Less Ordinary," and last worked with Boyle in 2000 on "The Beach" – is working on the screenplay. "This has been a long time coming," he said. "There's always been this long term plan for 'Trainspotting 2,' if John can produce a decent enough script, I don't think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back," he said. "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," he continued. "That will be the only criteria I think."
This film is over a decade in the making, and it's based off a book that was well-received when it came out in 2002, so don't think of this as a Renton-grabbing-the-duffle-bags-final-scene cash grab. Instead, it's something else. And should be pretty sweet in a few years.