If it’s not reboots, it’s long-awaited sequels. Trainspotting, the 1996 comedy based on Irvine Welsh’s novel about a group of heroin addicts living in 1980s Edinburgh, is finally getting a follow-up. It will be loosely based on Welsh’s novel, Porno, which followed the lives of the characters ten years after the first book.

According to NME, the film starts shooting next summer, and will have original cast members Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan Bremner and Robert Carlyle returning to their roles. Danny Boyle will be directing again and original screenwriter John Hodge will be penning the script. Carlyle described it as “one of the best scripts I’ve fucking read.” I’m intrigued.

From Carlyle’s interview with NME:

“Well, obviously these four characters are 20 years older now and I’ve never seen a sequel that takes place 20 years after the original, so I think that gives it a certain unique quality. And of course, the audience is 20 years older too - people who came to see the original film when they were in their early twenties are very different people now. And the way John Hodge has put this thing down, obviously with the help of Danny Boyle, is to make it about how the characters’ lives have moved on… or have they?

Without giving anything away, maybe some of them haven’t really moved on. That’s what the audience is going to have to go through with them. I tell you, this film is going to be quite emotional for people. Because the film sort of tells you to think about yourself. You are going to be thinking: ‘Fuck. What have I done with my life?’”

Ah yes. What have we done with our lives since...1996?


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