The Sequel To 'Trainspotting' Is Gonna Smack Us All
After a string of hits, director and Morrissey look-alike Danny Boyle has returned to hot spoons and tourniquets. The Trainspotting sequel, tentatively named T2 (scoot over, Terminator 2), began filming this week in Edinburgh, and is scheduled for a 2017 release. Promisingly, the crew is returning as well as the cast, with Ewan McGregor as Renton. Whether the suppositories and mangy toilets will return remains to be seen…
Trainspotting‘s follow-up has been in the works for the last decade, and, for literary fans, it’s even canonical. Author Irvine Welsh penned a follow-up, titled Porno, way back in 2002. At the time, Boyle and crew attempted to adapt the novel, but determined that the script wasn’t up to snuff. Now, with an additional ten years to stew, T2 has an identity of its own, unique from the book. While Boyle told IGN that the screenplay is inspired by Irvine’s sequel, overall it’s a “very original script” from John Hodge.
It seems that everyone on set is aware of the legacy the first film left behind. “When you have that kind of relationship that people have, that the audience have with it, they’re gonna crucify you if you turn in a version for the money,” Boyle said. McGregor told Collider that the actors were all “protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us.” Clearly, there is a lot of belief in this project—and, for anyone who has seen the movie, it’s obvious why.
Danny Boy, give us what you got—we’re ready to relapse (or at least to watch people relapse).
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