Art and Experience: Danny Boyle is directing the sequel to the film that cemented his career back in 1996, “Trainspotting 2”.
Moving fast to a preemptive deal, the Sony label has landed the package, worldwide rights included, to the sequel of the seminal 1996 film with Danny Boyle back in the director’s chair.
Also returning to the film project are the original principal cast, including Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle.
John Hodge, who wrote the script for the original adaptation, is also back as writer.
Sony Pictures co-chair Tom Rothman leaned on his longstanding relationship with Boyle to make the deal happen. Rothman has been a supporter of the filmmaker since 1997’s A Life Less Ordinary, when the former was an executive at Fox. More importantly, Rothman was the CEO of Fox Searchlight, running the division he founded when it released Boyle’s movies, ranging from28 Days Later (2002) to Slumdog Millionaire (2008) to 127 Hours (2010).
The original Trainspotting adapted the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh and told of a group of lower-income heroin users in Edinburgh drifting through their lives.
McGregor was the movie’s narrator and lead, surrounded by Sick Boy (Miller), a drug dealer; Begbie (Carlyle), a violent sociopath; and Spud (Bremner), a dim but genial friend.
The filmmaker has talked of making a sequel for several years, ever since Welsh wrote a follow-up book titled Porno (which will not be the title of the sequel, incidentally). Hodge wrote an original script for the project, which takes a look at the Welsh-created characters 20 years after the events of the first pic.
During the recent press tour for Steve Jobs, Boyle talked of how his intent was to shootTrainspotting 2 in 2016 and now with TriStar backing him, that plan is looking like a reality. The aim is to shoot the movie in the spring for a 2017 release.