Trainspotting Sequel "Will Happen" Says Danny Boyle
12.08.10 by Ryan
Could a sequel to 1996's Trainspotting still be in the works? According to director Danny Boyle, yes. Boyle told Moviefone that the long-rumored sequel could become a reality.
"It will happen, I think," said Boyle. ""I mean, we'll approach [the cast] again about it, but it will depend on what place they're all at. We have a very strong idea that it would be a wonderful thing to reapproach, to do again, when they have aged clearly into a mid-life kind of crisis, basically. They're not quite there yet, I don't think."
Trainspotting was based on a book of the same name by Scottish author Irvine Welsh, who wrote a sequel titled Porno in 2002, which took place ten years after the events in Trainspotting. It's actor Ewan McGregor that isn't sold on the sequel, says Boyle.
He's right of course that the book, Porno, is not a great book in the way that Trainspotting, the original novel, is genuinely a masterpiece, I think, as a piece of writing. But we have been doing some work on it, and it's got potential, yeah, for sure. And when the moment's right, I think we will approach it.
Boyle says the longer the wait, the better it could be for the sequel's material.
It will be nice because I hope that the thing that will happen then is that it won't be just cashing in. It will be a very deliberate and imaginative reapproach to it, saying, how can you use something that's become a cult hit where people know so much about it, [and] how can you reapproach it other than just making it a sequel, which is just cravenly a business decision.
This is an imaginative thing to look at these guys, who you kind of fell in love with and a whole generation fell in love with in a certain kind of way, and then you see them again and they've aged, just like we all do. And then it becomes about that, and I think that would be really nice.