May 16th, 2016
After years of speculation about a possible sequel to Trainspotting, the quintessential heroin movie, the rumors have become reality. Many of the original cast—including, Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Ewan Bremner and Johnny Lee Miller —made their reputations in the gritty, thickly accented, violent and sometimes fantastical “skag” flick. They’ve now reunited to begin filming this month.
Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting, about a group of Scottish heroin users, was released to rave reviews in 1993. The 1996 film adaptation was Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s second feature and is considered one of the best films made about heroin, as well as one the most important small-budget movies of the 1990s. Welsh wrote a sequel in 2002 called Porno, which featured the main characters getting back together after years off heroin to produce a pornographic movie. The book earned lukewarm reviews compared to its predecessor.
For years, Boyle has contemplated bringing Porno to the big screen. He has actually criticized the book, calling it “not a great book in the way that Trainspotting, the original novel, is genuinely a masterpiece.” But the allure of a return to Welsh’s world has proved too much to resist, and Boyle clearly feels he can make up for any shortcomings in the book. The new film will be “loosely based” on Porno.
Getting all the main original cast members back on board was a coup. Boyle has said that he was waiting for them all to age into their roles for the sequel, but disagreements between Boyle and Ewan McGregor, now smoothed over, have long cast doubt on the project. Other cast members have been far more enthusiastic from the start: Robert Carlyle, AKA the terrifying “Begbie,” has said he would “jump through hoops of fire backwards” for Boyle and that he would “do Porno for nothing tomorrow.”
The forthcoming movie currently has the working title “T2” and is set to be released in 2017. There’s an awful lot to live up to, but here’s hoping they pull it off. Watch the “teaser” below.