Danny Boyle wants ‘Trainspotting’ sequel ready for 2016 release

Ewan McGregor will be back as long as the script is 'decent enough', Boyle says

Danny Boyle has revealed that work is underway on a sequel to Trainspotting.

The director is aiming to have Trainspotting 2 ready for 2016: exactly 20 years since the release of his classic black comedy starring Ewan McGregor, which was adapted from the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh.

Speaking to The Playlist at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, Boyle said the sequel is “very loosely based” on Porno, Welsh’s own sequel to Trainspotting, and confirmed that original Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge is working on the script.

Boyle explained: “This has been a long time coming. 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 like they are letting anyone down.”

Asked about a time frame for the project, Boyle replied: “Well, the ideal time would be Porno in 2016. Because it was 1996 when Trainspotting came out. 20 years, it’s like wow, where did that go.”

Trainspotting was lavished with praise when it came out and is now acknowledged as one of the greatest British films of all time. Discussing his motivations for revisiting the film, Boyle said: “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.”

Speaking earlier this year, Ewan McGregor hinted that he is coming round to the idea of a Trainspotting sequel. He told The Daily Record in January: “I know in the past I always said I wouldn’t do anything that would damage the reputation of the movie Trainspotting because I wouldn’t want to do a poor sequel, but at the same time, I would always read it if I was sent it. I was never in the position where they’ve asked me to do it.”