Danny Boyle made it clear during the “Steve Jobs” press tour earlier this year that the anticipated sequel to his 1996 breakout “Trainspotting” would be the next film on his radar, and it looks like Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, Begbie and Tommy will be taking up shop with TriStar Pictures.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sony label has landed the entire package deal for the sequel, including worldwide distribution rights. Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge are both returning for the project, and the announcement confirms the entire main cast will be back reprising their roles, including Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle.
Although novelist Irvine Welsh wrote an official sequel to “Trainspotting,” entitled “Porno,” Hodge’s script for the film is an original. Boyle revealed at the New York FIlm Festival that he was hoping to call the film “T2” and that it would pick up with the characters 20 years later. No further plot details have been revealed.
“Like almost everyone my age, I had the ‘Choose Life’ poster on my university dorm room wall,” said TriStar President Hannah Minghella. “I have wanted to work with Danny ever since, so the opportunity to collaborate on the sequel is truly a dream come true. It perfectly represents the filmmaker-driven movies I am committed to making at TriStar.”
“It’s been 20 years since we met these characters and John Hodge’s screenplay brilliantly explores what’s happened to them—and to us—in the intervening years,” added Boyle on the deal. “We are grateful to [Sony Pictures co-chair] Tom [Rothman] and Hannah for their support and we can’t wait to get going.'”
Boyle initially wanted to shoot the picture next year for a planned release date in 2017, and it looks like the deal with TriStar will make that a reality. British production company Film4 is also involved with the project.