Danny Boyle says ‘Trainspotting 2’ will happen once actors can co-ordinate schedules

Ewan McGregor confirmed in June that he is on board for the sequel

Danny Boyle has given an update on the long-planned sequel to Trainspotting, revealing that it will happen once its four lead actors can co-ordinate schedules.

The director revealed in March 2013 that he was aiming to have Trainspotting 2 ready for 2016: exactly 20 years since the release of his classic black comedy starring McGregor, which was adapted from the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh. Speaking at the time, Boyle also revealed that his follow-up 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.

Since then, little has been heard about the sequel, though Ewan McGregor said in June that he “would be up for” starring in it.

Now Boyle has confirmed that making the sequel happen is simply a matter of timing, telling Deadline: “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.”

Trainspotting was lavished with praise when it came out in 1996 and is now acknowledged as one of the greatest British films of all time. Its classic soundtrack famously included Iggy Pop‘s ‘Lust For Life’ alongside tracks by Underworld, Primal Scream, Elastica and many more.

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