Danny Boyle has been talking about a Trainspotting sequel for what seems like forever now, but finally, it appears that things are going to get moving on the project. Deadline brings word that Sony’s TriStar Pictures acquired worldwide rights to the film this week, with Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge and the original cast (Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle) all set to return.
Boyle is hoping to make the sequel as his next film, and currently, he’s eyeing a spring 2016 shoot with a 2017 release. Of course, that depends on the schedules of those involved, but as of now, it doesn’t seem like there should be any serious delays.
In terms of plot, last we heard, Trainspotting 2 picks up a full decade after the events of the original, where Renton (McGregor) has set up shop and established a nightclub in Amsterdam; Spud (Bremner) is on the verge of suicide; Sick Boy (Miller) is raking in lucrative amounts of money via adult entertainment; and Begbie (Carlyle) is just released from a prolonged spell behind bars.
It’s still early days on this one, but it certainly appears to be shaping up nicely and as of now, we’re feeling pretty confident that Boyle and co. will be able to re-capture that same magic that the original Trainspotting produced all the way back in 1996. To this day, it’s still one of the director’s best films and seeing him return to this world and these characters should prove to be very exciting.