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Danny Boyle talks Trainspotting 2 and how it will deviate from novel sequel Porno

Apr. 4, 2013by: Niki Stephens
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TRAINSPOTTING sequel? Yes and thank you.

When Danny Boyle announced that he had plans to begin shooting the second chapter of TRAINSPOTTING story, I was f*cking game. With Ewan McGregor likely on board as well as the rest of the main cast (why would they pass it up?) it's time to go into the future. What trouble can Sick Boy, Renton, Spud and Begbie get into now? One can only imagine. If you've read the sequel novel from Irvine Welsh, "Porno" then it should fill in some gaps, but apparently the film sequel won't take much from that.

In an interview with IGN, Boyle gave more perspective on where he's at with the second installment along with what we might expect:

IGN: Trance has this really dynamic visual representation of whats happening in the main characters mind. Trainspotting also had that visual representation of Ewan MacGregors inner state, with the toilet sequence, the baby on the ceiling and so on. Do you think we're going to see some of that in Trainspotting 2?

Danny Boyle: We're working on the sequel now, yeah, and certainly one of the things we like to do in our work is kind of lift out of the realism into the kind of surreal. We like to present something that isn't utterly realistic, but feels appropriate to a character, or feels very appropriate to the storytelling. You kind of make super-realism, a hyper-realism and then you can lift off that into the surreal. That way it feels comfortable, it doesn't just feel like a weird bit of filmmaking. So like the toilet scene in Trainspotting and the vision that Simon [James McAvoy] has in Trance of Frank's half-head as a warning to him that somethings gone badly wrong, things really aren't as they seem and there is terrible violence and danger and damage imminent. So that's one of the devices that we use in the types of films that we make. So if we do make a sequel to it, you hope that there will be some elements of that within that.

IGN: Are you and John Hodge mostly interested in reuniting these characters or are you primarily going to be drawing from the book, Porno?

Boyle: Although we will have Irvine Welsh involved, hopefully, it's going to be more about the same actors playing the same characters twenty-years later. And I think that's very rich because their original characters were hedonists, and pleasure seekers, who were prepared to take enormous risks as you do in your 20s. And you get away with it then. But obviously you get into your 40s and the body starts to creek and it's not quite so easy. So that will also throw up lots of things for them in terms of that sense of, What have you done with your life? What happened in that 20 years? Are you still in the same town? Do you still have the same obsessions? Do you still have the same relationships with those people that you grew up with and that you shared that life with? And also for the audience watching it, they've also aged, so those who saw the original will have those same questions to ask themselves about their own lives. So it'll be interesting. It's a good reason to do a sequel, rather than just cash in on something that's popular.

IGN: To me it sounds like it's more of its own thing, rather than based on Porno.

Boyle: Yes, I think it will be. Yeah.

Source: IGN

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3:51AM on 04/06/2013

Spud's interview

I reckon Spud has been doing interviews like this for 20yrs.
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I reckon Spud has been doing interviews like this for 20yrs.
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12:17AM on 04/05/2013

Can't wait.

Trainspotting was a definitive movie of my late teens. In the same way people debate Beatles or Stones, and that offers a bit of insight into their character, in the mid 90s you were either someone that knew about Trainspotting or you weren't. That was back when independent film studios still existed. I read PORNO and was pretty disappointed. I think Trainspotting is pretty easily Welsh's best novel, and the follow-up felt much more like the rest of his work. Glad to see Boyle felt the same
Trainspotting was a definitive movie of my late teens. In the same way people debate Beatles or Stones, and that offers a bit of insight into their character, in the mid 90s you were either someone that knew about Trainspotting or you weren't. That was back when independent film studios still existed. I read PORNO and was pretty disappointed. I think Trainspotting is pretty easily Welsh's best novel, and the follow-up felt much more like the rest of his work. Glad to see Boyle felt the same way and they are taking the film in another direction.
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8:25PM on 04/04/2013
I am all for this!
I am all for this!
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