Danny Boyle Talks About A 'Trainspotting' Sequel: Does Spud Still Take Pleasure In Other People's Leisure?
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Danny Boyle Talks About A Trainspotting Sequel: Does Spud Still Take Pleasure In Other People's Leisure?

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | March 11, 2013 | Comments ()


You read that right. A sequel to Trainspotting, the 1996 movie that chronicled the heroin addiction of Mark "Rent-Boy" Renton and had Ewan McGregor's willy winking at the camera. Playlist interviewed Danny Boyle at SXSW and learned that the sequel is planned for 2016. Boyle also thinks he can get all of the original cast back on board and plans to use portions of Irvine Welsh's "Porno", the sequel to Welsh's book upon which the movie is based.

Does this mean we get to find out if that baby is still crawling on ceilings twenty years later? I've not read Welsh's novels, so I don't know what the future holds for Renton, Begbie, Diane, Spud, Sick Boy, and Tommy. Oh, wait. I already know what Tommy is up to.

I watched Trainspotting a ridiculous amount of times while I was in high school and after. I'm still dubious about a sequel recapturing whatever it was that made the film so enticing to audiences, but I'm willing to trust Boyle to get it done, though. Let us relive the glory of Trainspotting with the trailer.

Trainspotting (1996) - Official Trailer [VO-HD] by Eklecty-City

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  • poopnado

    I'm a raging celebrity gossip addict, and I seem to remember Boyle and McGregor having beef with each other following Trainspotting, which was possibly a reason the sequel got stalled. Anybody know if this is true? Or what happened that made them set aside their differences? Or if I made it all up?

  • DataAngel

    The beef was over "The Beach" and they're supposedly OK with each other now. Current story is that Jonny Lee Miller was behind this renewed interest. Probably while he was in Boyle's "Frankenstein".

  • Nicolae

    I'll take it!

  • The Heretic

    I've read the Porno book, and found it a great sequel to the original. It has one of the most satisfying endings I've read.

    Since the source material is solid, Boyle won't have to stretch the story wafer-thin to justify a sequel.

  • BWeaves

    I hated Trainspotting. I fell in love with Kelly MacDonald, but hated the movie. I wanted her hair so badly.

  • I love the people involved, and I loved Trainspotting (ok, loved is probably not the right word. Obsessed with? Mesmerized by?), but this feels like it's too much to ask. Lightening in a bottle twice, so to speak. If anyone could do it though, it's Danny Boyle. That guy is genius.

  • DataAngel

    I want this... and yet I don't want this. I've read Porno (and Skagboys, and Filth, and Glue.... and I just really like Scottish degenerates, OK?) and I've read and watched Trainspotting more times than is probably healthy. And I would gleefully watch two hours of Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller doing nothing but sitting in the same room reading newspapers or watching television or having sandwiches. But I'm not really sure I want a sequel to Trainspotting. It just feels pointless.

    On the other hand, anything that gets McGregor and Miller in the same room is fine with me.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    I would watch McGregor and Miller doing their Sean Connery impressions and shooting butts all day long.

  • DataAngel

    We should write this script.

  • Pinky McLadybits


  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    I find it fascinating that the Trainspotting trailer makes absolutely NO mention of the fact that the majority of the characters are raging heroin addicts.

  • thatonegoon

    the sequel novel "porno" was pretty good.And now you know what they got up to

  • John G.

    Kelly MacDonald is so cute in that movie

    "Do you find that this approach usually works? Or let me guess, you've never tried it before. In fact, you don't normally approach girls - am I right? The truth is that you're a quiet sensitive type but, if I'm prepared to take a chance, I might just get to know the inner you: witty, adventurous, passionate, loving, loyal. Taxi! A little bit crazy, a little bit bad. But hey - don't us girls just love that? "

  • Mrs. Julien

    I spent a very long time one day, transcribing that for my quote list. Thank godtopus IMDb happened.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I support anything that brings more Kelly Macdonald into our lives.

  • toblerone

    +1000 but Margaret Schroeder is a terrible vehicle for her.

  • Lee

    I have only seen her as Margaret Schroeder, and she makes my skin crawl

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