Danny Boyle is planning to revisit his 1996 movie “Trainspotting.” The director confirms at the Telluride Film Festival that he’s received a terrific script from John Hodge, who also wrote the original.
“All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” Boyle tells Deadline, explaining the project will be his next film if all the actors’ schedules align. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.”
Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, “Trainspotting” told the story of a group of heroine addicts living in Edinburgh in the late ’80s. The film starred Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd, though McKidd’s character died in it.
The two actors on American TV series who Boyle seems to be referring to are Miller, who stars on CBS’s “Elementary,” and Carlyle, who stars on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” McKidd is a series regular on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” but it’s unclear if he will return in “Trainspotting 2.”
Hodge adapted the “Trainspotting 2” script off Welsh’s sequel novel “Porno.”
The actors involved with the original have expressed their desire to return to the sequel in recent years. In June, McGregor told The Mirror that he told Boyle he “would be up for it” if “Trainspotting 2” came together. “I think it might be extraordinary to see a sequel 20 years after the original,” he says.
Meanwhile Carlyle tells The Shortlist that the project is “closer than it’s ever been.”