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Trainspotting sequel is happening with original cast

Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and the rest of the stars return for the adaptation of Porno, Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting sequel.

A lot of hot little pieces of news came out of this year’s Telluride Film Festival. One such piece was from director Danny Boyle about the potential for a Trainspotting sequel. The director of the 1996 cult classic mentioned a script existed and didn’t mind slipping that all of the original cast were interested. We didn’t hear much after that, but now it’s all kicking off in the space of a few days. Apparently the Trainspotting sequel is in fact happening, and everyone is coming back for it!

The news from Deadline is that Tristar pictures snapped up the project after reading the script late last week. The script comes from John Hodge, who also penned the original movie back in ’96. Despite showing out of competition at Cannes film festival. Trainspotting was an instant hit and became the highest-grossing film in Britain that year. Could a Trainspotting sequel continue the success?

As well as Hodge and Boyle, the entire cast are planning to return for the sequel. Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle are all set to reprise their roles as a gang of Scottish heroin enthusiasts. The film will be adapted from Porno, which is novelist Irvine Welsh’s follow-up to Trainspotting.

Boyle wouldn’t say much about the script at Telluride, except that it’s very good. How good? Well Tristar’s Hannah Mingella read the script overnight and acquired the rights the very next day. So yeah, that good.

Boyle has worked with Sony on eight movies so far, and will look after things with the Trainspotting sequel through Tristar. The plan is for shooting to start shooting in late Spring 2016, ready for a 2017 release.

Here’s a trailer for the original Trainspotting to wet your beak on:

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Danny Boyle has Plans for “Trainspotting 2”

The Steve Jobs director is ready to get all nostalgic with plans to reunite the Trainspotting gang for a long-awaited sequel.

It’s been a big weekend for Danny Boyle. The director’s latest movie Steve Jobs got its first release at Telluride this weekend. The biopic written by Aaron Sorkin was an immediate hit, so you won’t have to look far for a glittering review. But Boyle isn’t resting on his laurels. Oh no, he’s already thinking about his next project, a sequel to hos cult classic Trainspotting.

The news is that in an interview Deadline at Telluride, Boyle said the much anticipated sequel is closer than ever to fruition. “All the four akin actors want to come back and do it…”, Boyle explained.
Made in 1996, Trainspotting followed the tragicomic delirium of a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh. The film was based on Irvine Welsh‘s acclaimed novel and was released by Miramax and Channel Four. Since Telluride included Boyle receiving the Telluride Medal for his body of work, it seems an apt time to continue one of his crowning achievements. But deciding to do it is the best as part, as Boyle explains.  “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series”, he explains.

Boyle is referring to Johnny Lee Miller, currently starring as Sherlock Holmes in Elementary, and Robert Carlisle who has an ongoing role in Once Upon a Time. Ewan McGregor has already stated he’s on board for a sequel, and according to Boyle the same goes for the other stars, including Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd and Kelly McDonald.

The Trainspotting universe is already an extensive one. Irvine Welsh not only released a sequel (Porno), he also wrote a prequel called Skagboys. Screenwriter John Hodge is also returning, with a script based mainly on Welsh’s sequel that picks up 20 years after Trainspotting. Boyle has assured us the script is terrific – the two have worked on several projects since Trainspotting.

So the pieces are all out of the box, now Boyle just needs to pick the right time to get them all on the board. Since he wants this to be his next project, good fully it won’t be too long a wait.

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