Director Danny Boyle has spent years talking up the idea of doing a sequel to Trainspotting, but has regularly found himself distracted by other projects and opportunities. His most recent distraction has been the brand new Aaron Sorkin-scripted biopic Steve Jobs, but it looks as though it may be his last. This is because the filmmaker is now talking about Trainspotting 2 as his next feature.
Deadline has the scoop on this story, having caught up with Danny Boyle at the on-going Telluride Film Festival, where Steve Jobs just had a very successful debut. Discussing the progress of the potential Trainspotting follow-up, Boyle explained that he's eager to do it, but that there are some issues standing in the way. He explained,
All the four main actors want to come back and do it. Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together, which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.
When Trainspotting was first released in 1996, few recognized names like Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Kelly Mcdonald, but obviously a lot has changed in the last 19 years, and they've all found success both on the big screen and small. It's Miller and Carlyle who are doing the American TV series cited by Boyle - Elementary and Once Upon A Time, respectively - and the rest have been all over the pop culture world, from Star Wars to Pixar. They're all busy people, but one can imagine them figuring out how to make things work for Trainspotting 2 when their director comes calling.
At this time, there aren't really any details available about the direction that Danny Boyle and crew plan to take with Trainspotting 2 - but one very available option is to go back to the source material. In 2002, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh published a sequel to his seminal work, titled Porno. The story picks up 10 years after the events of the first story, Jonny Lee Miller's Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson traveling back to Edinburgh and trying his hand at directing and producing a pornographic feature. In order to do get the job done, he calls in his buddy, Ewan McGregor's Mark Renton, for help - but find themselves in serious trouble due to Robert Carlyle's Begbie being released from prison and the big mouth of Ewen Bremner's Danny 'Spud' Murphy.
If Danny Boyle is truly committed to making Trainspotting 2 as his next film, we have to wonder how quickly it might come together. Steve Jobs isn't entirely finished yet, and he'll have to be on the press tour for a while even after the film comes out in early October. But if he can get things to come together quickly, I wonder if there isn't a possibility that we could see the sequel before the year of the original's 20th anniversary is over.