Trainspotting Sequel Inching Closer

Trainspotting 2 heading for production.

It was arguably one of the more influential films of the 1990s. Now, finally, 20-plus years later,the Trainspotting movie is getting a sequel… and it won’t be called Porno, which was the book author Irvine Welsh followed that earlier novel with. From Slashfilm:

Whenever [filmmaker Danny Boyle] is promoting a new movie, there are two projects he’s always going to be asked about — 28 Months Later and the Trainspotting 2. Both films have been kicking around for a long time now. Now Boyle has mentioned the possible Transpotting sequel title. We might actually see this sequel, once again starring Ewan McGregor as a heroin addict, sooner than we expected.

And whatever else you are expecting, don’t anticipate that this follow up to be w like the book Welsh followed Trainspotting with all those years ago. And why? Boyle wasn’t that crazy about the book:

Boyle has said time and time again that the sequel Irvine Welsh wrote to “Trainspotting,” “Porno,” wasn’t a compelling followup — and obviously Boyle doesn’t want to make the same mistake as Welsh. For those who haven’t read “Porno,” here’s the synopsis:

In the last gasp of youth, Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley crew that includes the neighborhood’s favorite ex-beverage salesman, “Juice” Terry.

Deadline Hollywood recently reported that the original cast have all said they’d be in for the long awaited sequel, schedules permitting:

Boyle also told Deadline that [Trainspotting screenwriter John] Hodge’s script for what they’re calling Trainspotting 2 is terrific, that the actors all want to do it and reiterated that it will be the director’s next film depending on the actors’ U.S. TV schedules. Hodge wrote the sequel script based on Welsh’s Porno, which was the author’s own sequel to his original Trainspotting novel. Hodge also wrote the screenplays for Boyle-directed movies A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach and Trance.

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