‘Trainspotting’ Sequel Planned for Next Summer

‘Trainspotting’ Sequel Planned for Next Summer

After nearly 20 years, Trainspotting may be getting the sequel it deserves. Danny Boyle, the original director, has announced that the film will begin shooting in May or June of 2016, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle are all onboard for the sequel, although Miller and Carlyle’s schedules will require filming to keep a tight schedule—just like the first installment. If everything goes according to plan, the movie may hit theatres as early as next year.

Boyle admits there are many concerns about staying true to the original. Many of the returning cast members expressed reservations before returning, and the budget for the film is being kept under $20 million so that Boyle can maintain creative control. Still, the dollar amount far exceeds the $2 million that the first film operated under.

“The actors were understandably worried about its reputation and not wanting to let people down or to just be cashing in,” Boyle has stated. “So actually the script, which John [Hodge] has written, has been put under a very fierce spotlight by everyone, and it’s a good one.”

While elements of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting follow-up Porno will be incorporated, the script is said to stand on its own, without heavy similarities to the book.

What do you think of the Trainspotting sequel? Is it something to be excited over, or are you scared the new film will cast a shadow on the original?

Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine September 30, 2015 - 6:14am

Interesting that they are not sticking to Porno. I didn't love the book, so I think it's a good idea. 

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Jennifer JD Davis from Cincinnati is reading the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Haddon, What She Left Behind by Wiseman, and Zeitoun by Eggers September 30, 2015 - 1:46pm

In response to the question about whether to be excited about a sequel to Trainspotting, I'd say YES! YES! YES!

Danny Boyle as the director of TRAINSPOTTING did a phenomenal job of creating a cinematic wonder

that took a brutally honest look at the force of heroin as these young heroes tried to "choose life" over addiction.

This movie was harrowing yet witty in its demonstration--the showing versus telling--of life in a do-it-yourself

rehab.  I am excited to see what Danny Boyle is planning and the original Trainspotting script was so full of humor

and honesty and imagination that I hope that the new PORNO will be every bit as lip-bitingly honest in its

portrayal of the imperfect lives of real human beings at the fringes of a society that would be boring without them.

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Virgilcane September 30, 2015 - 6:52pm

Irvine Welsh is my all time favorite author. I read all of his works and Skagboys is one of the best books I've ever read. So if it's not based off Skagboys or Porno I'm not that interested mate.