Irvine Welsh published Porno, a sequel to his breakout hit, Trainspotting, back in 2002. That affected ten years worth of rumours and repeated junket questions that raised the possibility of Danny Boyle adapting it as a sequel to his film version of Trainspotting…
…and they still haven’t stopped.
But Boyle is at least being pretty specific about his plans this time.
Speaking to The Playlist at SXSW, Boyle said:
The ideal time would be Porno in 2016, because it was 1996 when Trainspotting came out. 20 years, it’s like wow, where did that go… There’s always been this longterm plan for Trainspotting 2. If John [Hodge] can produce a decent enough script, I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back. I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down.
So none of the cast are committed yet, but Boyle trusts they’ll jump in if they like the script. Well, fingers crossed for him there, then. And with Welsh too, who also seems to be not-quite on board yet:
It’s very loosely based on Porno. There’s a couple of things that are based on the book, but obviously we’d have to have Irvine on board.
So don’t quite start queuing yet, Begbiemaniacs.
In the meantime, Boyle has a couple of period films he’d like to shoot. He won’t say what they are, just what they aren’t:
We’re working on two period pieces at the moment, but they won’t be like Downton Abbey period movies. They’re like… they’re interesting. They’ve arisen very naturally. I never thought I’d do a period piece. It’s weird the way it happens. Maybe because we’re running out of genres.
Is “period piece” a genre? Not sure I think of it that way, myself. Anyhow, Boyle says one of his period films will be an adaptation of a book, but wouldn’t say which one. Quick! Can anybody think of a book set in the past? Let’s crack this puzzle!
Seeing as Porno is a period piece – as was Trainspotting, being set around ten years before it was released – but Boyle doesn’t seem to be counting it as one, I guess his definition of “period” involves a longer… well, period to have passed.
Boyle’s next movie is Trance, out on March 27th.