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Trainspotting 2: Danny Boyle says sequel won't disappoint

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Danny Boyle is planning to shoot the sequel to Trainspotting next year and, according to him, the long-awaited follow-up will be worth the wait.

Speaking to Vulture while promoting his latest film, Steve Jobs, Boyle recalled how a first attempt at a Trainspotting sequel 10 years ago never got past the screenplay stage (“I never even sent it to the actors, because I knew they would destroy it”), but a week-long ideas summit last year in Edinburgh, Scotland, with the original production team, screenwriter John Hodge, and author Irvine Welsh (who penned the book Trainspotting is based on) resulted in a script everyone was excited about.

“You just knew,” Boyle said. “It had this feeling about it, where it honors the original and it won’t disappoint people. It’s not the same film, but it can’t be, and we wouldn’t want it to be. And the actors all responded to it as I thought they would.”

The director also echoed previous sentiments about how the four main stars — Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, and Ewen Bremner — initially had reservations about reprising their roles.

“The actors were very fearful about a sequel as well!” he said. “Actors are a great barometer of whether something is worthwhile or not. Their bulls–t filter is very, very strong, because they’re going to be the ones out there trying to make a script look truthful and believable. When it comes to doing another Trainspotting, they were very nervous, because for all of them, it’s a large part of their reputation and they feel very protective towards their character.”

Boyle’s Steve Jobs is currently playing in limited release.