Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" Sequel "Porno" Is On Track for 2016

Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" Sequel "Porno" Is On Track for 2016
Choose life: Ewan McGregor as Mark Renton "Trainspotting"
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The director Danny Boyle has reaffirmed in an interview with Indiewire that he and screenwriter John Hodge are planning a sequel to “Trainspotting.”

“It’s very loosely based on ‘Porno,’” Boyle said, referring to Irvine Welsh’s 2002 follow-up novel to his 1993 debut, which introduced the low-life Edinburgh heroin addicts Renton, Sick Boy, and Spud, and their psychotic nemesis Begbie.

 

They were memorably played in ‘Trainspotting” by Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and Robert Carlyle, respectively. Miller has been involved in the “Porno” project. Boyle has said that he and McGregor have healed their rift over the actor’s non-casting in “The Beach,” and McGregor is reportedly amenable to looking at the “Porno” script when it’s completed.

Boyle told Cinematical in 2010 that “‘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.” He admits that Hodge’s screenplay will be a less reverent adaptation than the “Trainspotting” script.

“There’s a couple of things that are based on the book, but obviously we’d have to have Irvine on board,” he said. He was speaking at the SXSW Film Festival, where he was presenting his hallucinatory art heist thriller “Trance,” which opens April 5.

“This has been a long time coming,” Boyle told Indiewire. “There’s always been this long-term plan for ‘Trainspotting 2.’ If John can produce a decent enough script, I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back. I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel they are letting anyone down.  

“The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw it because they were younger. So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people. That will be the only criteria, I think.”

The “ideal time” for “Porno” would be 2016, Boyle said. “Because it was 1996 when ‘Trainspotting’ came out – 20 years. It’s like, wow, where did that go?”

“Trainspotting” is a mordant black comedy about the self-destructiveness that results from working-class poverty in Scotland and a scabrous assault on bourgeois values and English colonialism. It ends with Renton heading to London and a life of respectability. He steals from Sick Boy and the enraged Begbie their share of the proceedings from a risky heroin deal; before he leaves, Renton gives Spud £2000 to start over.

“Porno” follows the attempt of Sick Boy, now an ambitious pub owner in Leith, to make a full-length adult movie, in which he enlists Renton, who’s the co-owner of an Amsterdam nightclub. Spud, who’s in a long-term relationship, is trying to kick drugs but also considering suicide. Begbie has been released from prison and is seeking revenge on Renton. Like heroin before it, pornography is the pernicious cause of betrayal among the quartet.

“Skagboys,” Welsh’s “Trainspotting” prequel, was published last year.