Trainspotting 2: Danny Boyle reveals reason film was delayed and worries he'll be 'absolutely crucified' by fans

'Obviously it's worrying because people will kill us if we made a bad job of it'

Jack Shepherd
Monday 19 October 2015 15:09
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Ewan McGregor in the 'Worst Toilet in Scotland' scene from the film Trainspotting, 1996
Ewan McGregor in the 'Worst Toilet in Scotland' scene from the film Trainspotting, 1996

Danny Boyle has just begun working on the sequel to Trainspotting, and he’s already feeling the pressure to produce something spectacular.

"Obviously it's worrying because people will kill us if we made a bad job of it," he told the BBC at the London premiere of his latest film, Steve Jobs.

"I will get absolutely crucified. But you have to thrive on that potential danger within it and if it feeds into it, you might get a decent film out of it, you know.”

The director assured that “all the same actors” will be back for round two, including Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Johnny Lee Millar.

Danny Boyle, film-maker

He also said he would be up in Scotland the following day, 19 October, to start work on the film: "We're going up to Scotland very early and we're going to do a week's workshop up in Edinburgh working on the script, and we're filming in May and June of next year.”

In a separate interview with Vulture, Boyle revealed that the film was delayed for so long because the actors were fearful the sequel wouldn’t be on par with the original: “Actors are a great barometer of whether something is worthwhile or not.

“Their bulls**t filter is very, very strong, because they’re going to be the ones out there trying to make a script look truthful and believable. When it comes to doing another Trainspotting, they were very nervous, because for all of them, it’s a large part of their reputation and they feel very protective towards their character.”

He went on to say that this ‘bulls**t filter' was the reason he gave up on the script he had written 10 years ago: “I never even sent it to the actors because I knew they would destroy it.”

Eventually, he had a week long discussion with the team who worked on the original film, along with the author of the original Trainspotting novel and its sequel Porno, Irvine Welsh.

“You just knew,” Boyle continued. “It had this feeling about it, where it honours the original and it won’t disappoint people. It’s not the same film, but it can’t be, and we wouldn’t want it to be. And the actors all responded to it as I thought they would.”

Trainspotting 2 is reportedly set for a 2016 release date.

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