With all its trippy visuals and wild storytelling, Trainspotting is easily one of the most memorable movies of all time. Its esteemed status is exactly why some fans got nervous when director Danny Boyle began talking about a sequel almost 20 years after the original made its debut. Why mess with a good thing, right?
Well, in an interview with The Huffington Post, Boyle took a break from promoting his upcoming Oscar contender Steve Jobs to set the record straight. He's well aware of the shaky fan response to Porno (briefly known as Trainspotting 2), but he promises this decision is far from a cash grab.
He's got a script good enough to lure back all the stars
A sequel would have been effectively dead on arrival if we didn't see the return of Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy, and Spud. Luckily, Boyle pretty much confirmed that Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewen Bremner have all agreed to return:
We're going to do a sequel, and we've got a script by John Hodge, which is very good, actually, and we wouldn't have gotten the four actors back if it hadn't been, because they're all very nervous about disappointing people.
There's nothing more promising than this statement right here. The whole cast and crew is investing in living up to fans' expectations, and a solid script is a great start.
Boyle knows he has to do right by the original
When the news first got out, many people assumed that this sequel was another transparent attempt from Hollywood to make a quick buck off the back of an established movie or franchise. Boyle confirms that this is not the case, and he just felt like it's the right time:
It feels like we're going back to it with a kind of understanding of what we're doing, and it's not some cheap cash-in that you could have done after it was initially a success. It feels like it's going to be about something, which is -- I'm afraid it doesn't sound that sexy -- it's the passing of time, really, and what it does to friendship.
So here we've also got our first hint at plot details. Will the gang still be the hard-partying, drug-slinging group we know and love, or will some of them have grown up and moved on? Of course, you could just read the follow-up novel Porno to find out, but I'm comfortable waiting for the film adaptation.
Filming will start in the spring of 2016
Confident in returning to the seedy world of his massive '90s hit, Boyle plans to begin filming in May or June of next year.
(Source: The Huffington Post)