Sony’s TriStar Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Danny Boyle’s long-discussed sequel to Trainspotting. Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge and all the principal cast of the 1996 Miramax film based on Irvine Welsh’s novel — Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle — will be back. Shooting will begin in late spring 2016 with an eye toward a 2017 release.
At the Telluride Film Festival in September, Boyle told Deadline that Hodge’s script for what they’re calling Trainspotting 2 is terrific, that the actors all wanted to do it, and reiterated it will be his next film depending on the actors’ U.S. TV schedules (Miller stars on CBS’ Elementary and Carlyle is a regular on ABC’s One Upon A Time).
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman worked with Boyle on eight films while at Fox including Oscar Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire, and he and TriStar’s Hannah Mingella scooped up this one before lunch after reading Hodge’s script last night. The screenplay is based on Welsh’s Trainspotting follow-up book Porno.
Hodge also penned the screenplays for the Boyle-directed A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach and Trance.