The sequel to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting is moving along.
TriStar acquired the global distribution rights for unnamed follow-up to Boyle’s breakout 1996 film. Shooting will begin next spring for a 2017 release.
Along with Boyle, the core four of the original cast (Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and Robert Carlyle) and screenwriter John Hodge are back, too.
“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,” Boyle said in a statement. “We are grateful to Tom [Rothman] and Hannah [Minghella] for their support and we can’t wait to get going.”
Rothman, the chairman of Sony Pictures, and Boyle have a working relationship dating back to Boyle’s third film, A Life Less Ordinary, made at Rothman’s Fox Searchlight in 1997. The duo worked on seven more films at Fox, including the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.
According to sources, Rothman and TriStar president Minghella read the script Thursday night and were determined to make a deal as soon as possible.
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“Trainspotting was a seminal movie for me. Like almost everyone my age, I had the ‘Choose Life’ poster on my university dorm room wall,” Minghella said in a statement. “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.”
Rothman and Minghella seemed to have agreed with Carlyle, who said the screenplay was “one of the best scripts I’ve f—ing read” last month. During press for his previous film Steve Jobs, Boyle assured the script “honors the original and it won’t disappoint people.”
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Author Irvine Welsh penned the book that Trainspotting was based on as well as 2002’s Porno, which followed Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie after the events of the film.
The untitled Trainspotting sequel will be produced by Boyle, Andrew Macdonald, Christian Colson, and Bernie Bellew.