It’s been 20 years since Trainspotting hit theatres and if you’re like us, you remember where you were when you saw it, who you saw it with and how you felt leaving the theatre (that would be both icky and flabbergasted, thanks to director Danny Boyle‘s sheer genius, the fantastic Oscar-nominated script, and the brilliant cast, all of whom were perfectly cast and powerfully portrayed a ragtag group of addicts).
It wasn’t without controversy, with many accusing it of glorifying drug use but if anything, we think it would turn a person straight because a dead baby crawling on the ceiling and an epic diarrhea scene will do that to you.
So when there were initial rumblings of a sequel, we initially had doubts. Because a movie that iconic — why can’t it be left alone? But Trainspotting the novel, which was written by Irvine Welsh, got a sequel so why wouldn’t the film?
Porno, published in 2002, is set 10 years after the events of Trainspotting and Ewan McGregor confirmed to Collider that it’s definitely a go.
“We start shooting at the end of May,” he revealed. “The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good. I think if that had not happened, none of us would be into it. I think we’re all sort of somewhat protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us.”
McGregor added: “None of us want to make a poor sequel to it. So had we not been presented with the most extraordinary script, which we were, I think we wouldn’t be making the sequel. But because we were, we are.”
We didn’t know how much we needed this until right now.
Porno — which, as titles go, probably won’t fly so in the world of pre-production, it’s called Untitled Trainspotting Sequel — will feature the core four: Renton (McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). But instead of heroin as the backdrop, their go at the pornography business will be the focus (with other drugs and vices, of course).
It would be easy to hate on this but with the original team working on it, from director Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge, to the cast — who, unlike the book, have aged wonderfully and don’t quite have that ravaged by time and bad things look–we just can’t say a bad thing about it.