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Title: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: MacGuffin on January 21, 2003, 10:20:58 AM
Other than the original cast's lack of ageing, the sequel to 1996 runaway hit Trainspotting is taking shape, said director Danny Boyle at the Sundance Film Festival.

In Park City for the North American debut of UK box-office sensation 28 Days Later, the director said the sequel, based on the novel, Porno, by Trainspotting novelist Irvine Welsh, reunites the characters ten years later. He added that it was therefore essential that the film reunite the original cast members, which include Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller.

"None of them look any different," he said. "I need them to look like they’ve burned themselves out, but they have all been using face creme and Vitamin E lotion."

Hot off the heels of his success with 28 Days Later, Boyle is working with his regular collaborator John Hodge, who wrote Shallow Grave, A Life Less Ordinary and adapted Trainspotting.

But Boyle's next project to go is expected to be Millions, a comedy set in the near future when the UK makes the transition from Sterling to the Euro. The project is based at London’s Mission Pictures, with a screenplay by 24 Hour Party People screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Boyle is also awaiting greenlights on two US-based pictures. The first, working titled The Texas Killing Fields, is a dark drama written by a retired US police officer about a murder spree. The project is being set up through Michael Mann’s company Forward Pass.

The second title is Solomon Grundy, a high-concept love story based on the nursery rhyme which is set up at Miramax. Seen through the eyes of a nurse, it tells the story of a man who is born, lives and dies in seven days. On his fourth day, in his 30s, the man has a love affair with the nurse.

Miramax is understood to be wooing Adam Sandler for the lead. Robert Nelson Jacobs is adapting the Dan Gooch novel.
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: Sigur Rós on March 02, 2003, 04:56:35 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
"None of them look any different," he said. "I need them to look like they’ve burned themselves out, but they have all been using face creme and Vitamin E lotion." -Danny Boyle

Well said! If they are gonna shoot this one I can't wait to see it. Sounds really interesting! Can anyone point out the storyline? Never heard of the novel....
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: lamas on March 10, 2003, 01:35:46 AM
Well, the storyline is the novel:  Rents is still trying to be good, Spud's a junkie, Sick Boy's new money-making scheme is directing porn films and Begbie's out of prison looking for revenge.[/quote]
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: MacGuffin on April 15, 2003, 10:20:29 AM
ONE of Britain's most celebrated directors is to film his latest movie in Liverpool.

Danny Boyle, who directed Trainspotting, The Beach and A Life Less Ordinary, is due to start shooting next month on the film Millions.

The script was written by Liverpool-born Frank Cottrell-Boyce who also penned the recent successes Twenty-Four Hour Party People and Revengers Tragedy.

This is Boyle's first film since the success of last year's low-budget horror film 28 Days Later.

It will be distributed by Pathe and it is thought will involve a 10-week shoot in the city.

Information on the film is being kept well under wraps at present but one industry insider said: "Millions is set in the near future during the transition period as the UK converts from pounds to euros."

The film is described as a quirky comedy following two young boys who stumble on the loot of a bank robbery.

With only seven days before the euro makes their haul redundant, nine year-old Anthony wants to invest the loot in property, but is worried that the housing market will slump.

Seven-year-old Damian prefers helping the poor, but cannot find anyone needy to help near where they live as the house prices are too high.

Although no leads have yet been named paid extras are also being asked for.

Open casting, with no experience needed, for over-16s is taking place today and tomorrow.

Today it will be at Merseyside Actors Centre, Temple Court, Liverpool city centre, from 3pm to 8pm and tomorrow at Lee Manor Sports Centre, Childwall Valley Road, Netherley, Liverpool.

Boyle was born in Manchester and started his career in the theatre.

In 1985 he became the deputy director of the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, leaving in 1987.

He made his feature directorial debut with Shallow Grave in 1994 with the then unknown Ewan McGregor.

He followed that up with the international hit Trainspotting which followed the fortunes of a group of heroin addicts.

Hollywood beckoned and he made two films in the US, A Life Less Ordinary starring Cameron Diaz and The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Boyle returned to the UK for two television movies for the BBC, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise and Strumpet.
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: MacGuffin on April 29, 2003, 11:08:37 AM
McGregor "Not Keen" on 'Trainspotting' Sequel

Actor Ewan McGregor is now "not keen" on reprising the drug addict role of Renton in a Trainspotting sequel. The Scottish hunk expressed an interest last year in reprising his break- through role in a big screen adaptation of author Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel Porno - although he stressed a good script would be essential if he were to agree to the film. Now, McGregor - who is now a major Hollywood player - has concluded that he is reluctant to commit to the project, which would also see Trainspotting stars Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner return. The Star Wars actor says, "If it wasn't as good, people would remember a poor sequel instead of a great original. I wouldn't touch it just in case it didn't work out."
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: budgie on April 29, 2003, 11:13:54 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
McGregor "Not Keen" on 'Trainspotting' Sequel

Actor Ewan McGregor is now "not keen" on reprising the drug addict role of Renton in a Trainspotting sequel.  The Star Wars actor says, "If it wasn't as good, people would remember a poor sequel instead of a great original. I wouldn't touch it just in case it didn't work out."

Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: MacGuffin on April 11, 2007, 08:54:45 PM
Junkies reunited as sequel gets go-ahead
Source: Scotsman.com
ITS portrayal of the lives of heroin addicts in Scotland's capital was the unlikely smash that put the country on the movie-making map and brought international fame and fortune to its home-grown cast.

Trainspotting became one of the greatest British films ever made, ushering in a new era of gritty Scottish films that have generated millions of pounds for the economy.

Now, more than ten years on from its release, Danny Boyle, the film's director, has confirmed that Renton, Begbie, Spud and co will return to the silver screen in a follow-up to Trainspotting, revealing that he has been given the rights to the much-talked-about sequel.

Boyle has also given the clearest indication yet that the original film's leading star, Ewan McGregor, will be reunited with fellow actors Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and co, claiming that "all the actors" have agreed to reprise their unforgettable roles.

Boyle has long talked about his desire to bring Porno, Irvine Welsh's follow-up to the cult novel that spawned Trainspotting, to the silver screen. However, the project has long been shrouded in doubt, with McGregor reportedly insisting that he does not want to be involved.

The news has been described as "fantastic" by film critics and Scottish Screen, which says there is a massive public appetite for a follow-up.

It is widely held among film critics that Porno cannot be made without McGregor, and public comments from the Crieff-born actor have seemingly killed off the possibility of a follow-up. As recently as last week the star was reported to have said: "They can go ahead and do it if they want, but it will be without me on board."

He said he was "very proud" of Trainspotting and insisted he "wouldn't do anything to damage it".

"I read Porno and I didn't think it was as good as Trainspotting. There was nothing new in it," he added.

McGregor was furious with Boyle when he chose Leonardo DiCaprio to star as the traveller on a Thai adventure in The Beach, a decision the director has apologised for.

But speaking this week at a preview of his latest movie, the science-fiction thriller Sunshine, Boyle reiterated plans to bring Porno to the cinema and indicated that McGregor was on board.

"Irvine has given me the rights to make the film. He could have made a lot of money selling it to one of the big production companies, but to his credit he has resisted that," said Boyle.

He added: "I just want to wait until the actors are in their 40s. I could make it now, but the problem is they all look the same. I want them to look ravaged by the passing of time".

McGregor could not be contacted to comment yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Scottish Screen described Boyle's indication that the original cast have agreed to take part as "fantastic news".

She said: "We would welcome the making of Porno in Scotland, with the original crew in place, with open arms. There's a huge desire amongst the public to see that happen, although we have yet to be approached about it.

"Trainspotting has had a massive impact since it was first shown more than ten years ago. People are still talking about it. It's still regarded as one of the greatest British films of all time, let alone Scottish films.

"It has played a huge role in raising the profile of Scotland across the world. It showed really for the first time a contemporary side of Scotland that people were not used to."

The spokeswoman said it had inspired a host of other "gritty" films shot in Scotland, such as Young Adam and Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, films which have raised investment in Scotland's movie business to between £15 million and £20 million a year.

The Scotsman's film critic, Alistair Harkness, believes there is always a danger that bringing much-loved characters back to life can backfire, but reckons Begbie and the others will be in safe hands.

He said: "I think it's always intriguing to revisit characters to show how they've turned out over time, especially when those characters have made such a big impression on you.

"A film like Before Sunset, Richard Linklater's sequel to his slacker romance Before Sunrise, was fantastic, because the characters played by Ethan Hawke and July Delpy were so true to themselves that the sequel felt naturalistic and certainly wasn't just being made to cash in on previous success. Other times it doesn't work quite so well.

"I don't think that would be the case with Boyle. I think he's certainly one of Britain's best directors, and still as vital as he was when he made Trainspotting.

"I don't think anyone would want to risk tarnishing the memory of what they created - one of the best British films ever."
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: MacGuffin on July 06, 2007, 11:44:33 AM
Danny Boyle Not Quite Ready To Film ‘Porno’
Source: MTV

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. But for god sake’s, Ewan McGregor, don’t choose that face moisturizer…not if you ever want to film a “Trainspotting” sequel, director Danny Boyle exclaimed during an interview with MTV News’ Kurt Loder.

“We won’t be able to do it for a while because the guys don’t look any different. They haven’t aged at all!” Boyle said of the oft-rumored to be right-around-the-corner “Porno,” writer Irvine Welsh’s follow-up to “Trainspotting.” “They give this impression to the public that they’re out drinking and smoking, when in fact they are in a spa somewhere in the country!”

Released in 1996, “Trainspotting” centered on a group of heroin addicts (”Rent Boy,” “Sick Boy,” “Spud” and Begbie), and their adventures in Edinburgh, Scotland. “Porno” reunites the same cast of characters nine years later — some of whom have kicked their addiction, some of whom are beaten down by life, one of whom is in prison for manslaughter — when Sick Boy, now a heavy cocaine user, decides to make a porn film financed by Renton (McGregor).

“You look to them in their twenties; they were hedonists and could literally do almost anything to themselves and get away with it,” Boyle said of the characters at the heart of “Trainspotting.” “[The idea for the sequel] was to try and look at them when they’re 40, when they hit middle age, when they hit that wall of limitation, when they find out that they are vulnerable and fragile.”

Which, of course, brings us back to where we started, since Boyle thinks his original cadre of actors don’t look anywhere near the part, not when they’re supposed to play middle-aged, former dope fiends…not with the way they take care of themselves and their bodies.

But have patience, the “Sunshine” director implored. By the time you see “Porno,” you might find that you’ve changed as well, he asserted. “It won’t be an easy sequel [but] I hope it will be an interesting one,” he said. “Because the audience, the audience who saw the film originally, [they] will have aged also.”
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: Pubrick on July 06, 2007, 11:53:15 AM
But have patience, the “Sunshine” director implored. By the time you see “Porno,” you might find that you’ve changed as well, he asserted. “It won’t be an easy sequel [but] I hope it will be an interesting one,” he said. “Because the audience, the audience who saw the film originally, [they] will have aged also.”

and then we'll all be dead. and who'll want to see it then? yeah u didn't think about that did you danny boyle. sheesh, this dude gives a lot of interviews. no wonder he's hating on eli roth.
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: MacGuffin on March 11, 2013, 12:40:30 AM
Danny Boyle Planning for TRAINSPOTTING Sequel in 2016 with Original Cast: “You Want to Make Sure You Don’t Disappoint People”
Source: Collider

Trainspotting is my favorite movie.  I don’t need a sequel, and I’m unsure how much I even want one.  But I will be in the theater opening day if director Danny Boyle ever gets around to the one he wants to make once the original cast ages enough to suit the story: “When they have aged clearly into a mid-life kind of crisis, basically.”

Boyle is currently at SXSW to promote his latest movie, Trance, and addressed the timeline and likelihood of the sequel.  Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge is currently working on the script, and Boyle hopes to reunite the cast—Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald—for a sequel in 2016.

The Playlist got Boyle on the record to explain his vision for the sequel:

“This has been a long time coming.  There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2, if John [Hodge] can produce a decent enough script, I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan [McGregor] 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.  The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger.  So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people.  That will be the only criteria I think.”

Most of the cast is currently scattered across television(seriously: see Elementary, Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, and Boardwalk Empire), so most of the schedules should align in the summer hiatus.  McGregor is the busiest, and may or may not be wary of reuniting with Boyle after he was passed over for the lead role in The Beach.  But McGregor at least seems open to the idea, telling the Daily Record in January, “I would always read [a sequel script] if I was sent it.”  That’s promising.  I guess one could make a sequel that doesn’t center on Renton, but I don’t see why one would.

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh wrote a sequel novel, Porno.  However, Boyle previously described Porno as “not a great book in the way that Trainspotting, the original novel, is genuinely a masterpiece.”  Boyle clarified at SXSW that Trainspotting 2 will not be a straight adaptation of Porno:

“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 [Welsh] on board.”

As for when he wants to move on this project, Boyle notes the platinum anniversary is fast approaching:

“Well, the ideal time would be Porno in 2016.  Because it was 1996 when Trainspotting came out.  Twenty years, it’s like wow, where did that go.”

2016 is still a few years away, so it remains to be seen if all the pieces will fall into place as Boyle hopes.  If it does, let’s do our best to manage expectations.  Any sequel inevitably flirts with disappointment, especially one that arrives two decades later.  With Boyle steering the ship, I believe it will be fun to spend more time with these characters no matter what, and see any quality on top of that as a bonus.
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: Garam on May 10, 2016, 05:54:54 AM
They're filming some of this outside my flat today. I drew a stupid picture of Homer with an underbite in chalk on the wall outside my door to see if it makes it in the film.

Nice to know they thought my road was one of the scummiest looking in Edinburgh  :ponder:
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: wilder on November 07, 2016, 11:50:22 PM
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: Kal on November 08, 2016, 11:53:24 AM
Looks way better than I expected. 10, 15 years too late, or maybe just right!
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: Fuzzy Dunlop on November 08, 2016, 01:01:21 PM
Yeah I'm in. But what the fuck is going on with that title? Just call it Trainspotting 2.
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 08, 2016, 01:32:24 PM
Judgment Day.
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: The Ultimate Badass on December 10, 2016, 09:55:37 PM
Really fucking looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Trainspotting 2 (or T2 Trainspotting even though that's still a weird title)
Post by: Fuzzy Dunlop on March 19, 2017, 02:29:59 AM
I really really liked it. They did right by the characters and the original film, which is one of my favorites.

I was a little concerned from the trailer that it was going to try and be a 'greatest-hits' version of the original and fall short, but all of the call-backs to the first film are totally warranted because the story is about the intoxicating power of nostalgia and longing for lost youth. The characters are stuck in the past and have to reckon with it, each in their own way, and the way Boyle is able to play with our own nostalgic feelings for the original is really fucking cool and ultimately incredibly satisfying. It's not rare these days to have films and tv series come back years later to cash in on our collective longing for the past and try and get us to eat the 'member berries, but its unique to have a film deal with those feelings directly; to make them the thematic through-line of the story.
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: Alexandro on March 27, 2017, 01:47:13 AM
To me this was a let down. It's a fun ride, but the cumulative effect was negative. I've been thiking about it and trying to articulate why I was so dissapointed, and it kinda boils down to a sense of lost edge.

When I saw Trainspotting in 96, the world in the film was a world I could relate to. I've never been a heroin addict, or user, or scottish for that matter, but I could recognize this world as my own: the hopeless fuck up friends, the asshole childhood pal that you couldn't get rid of, steping over the line with party, drugs and fun. The film was crazy and full of surreal touches, but this was a palpable world, close to reality in all sorts of small ways.

Here, they try, but they also so firmly try not to do that. For every instance of human recognition, they have a blown out movie cliché. The stakes are always so superficially high, there's no day to day tedium to relate to.

Early on problems start to arise. When Renton and Sick Boy meet for the first time, they get into a fist fight that could be out of Kill Bill. I was thinking "wow, no one fights like this outside of movies". Begbie's whole prison escape is not only completely unbelievable  and convenient, but unnecesary. And boy, this guy went from being an insecure asshole to being practically Terminator. An unvincible machine. That parking lot sequence was particularly painful. Spud's awakening as a writer, BAD. Makes no sense at all, and it becomes another swing at self reference, the film's biggest and worst sin.

It goes on for what ends up being two interminable hours. A shame, because all the actors shine, the atmosphere and visuals are there, but damn... I think when Renton updates his choose life monologue for no good reason is the moment where you can abandon all hope of this being anything more thana footnote that would have been better off never existing.
Title: Re: Porno - Trainspotting 2
Post by: The Ultimate Badass on May 19, 2017, 11:43:33 PM
This was the movie equivalent of an old dear friend you haven't seen in 20 years suddenly showing up for no other reason than to ask you to "borrow" some money.