Danny Boyle to Direct ‘Trainspotting 2’ Next

Speaking to Deadline this past weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, director Danny Boyle confirmed that he intends to make Trainspotting 2 his next project. The filmmaker revealed the big news at the first public screening of his latest film, the Michael Fassbender-starring Steve Jobs.

“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.”

The original cast includes Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, and Kevin McKidd, but as Boyle says, Miller remains busy with “Elementary” and Carlyle is a regular on “Once Upon a Time” so they are the two actors currently complicating scheduling. A rift between McGregor and Boyle (when the director cast Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach instead of McGregor) has since been laid to rest.

The Original Cast

Boyle has described John Hodge‘s script for Trainspotting 2 as terrific. The script is still based on Irvine Welsh’s sequel novel titled ‘Porno’, and Boyle and Hodge have apparently been doing some good work on it. Back in 2010, Boyle admitted “It’s not a great book, in the way that ‘Trainspotting’ is genuinely a masterpiece.”

The plot focuses on Sick Boy (Miller) directing an adult film, for which he calls in Renton (McGregor) for assistance. He’s also mastered martial arts in anticipation of Begbie’s (Carlyle) eventual release from prison. Elsewhere, Spud (Bremner) has fallen into a deep depression after kicking his heroine habit.

Okay, it all looks good; but how closely Trainspotting 2 will follow this story it remains to be seen.