Good news for Trainspotting and Scottish accent fans everywhere: Ewan McGregor wants to make a Trainspotting sequel. The actor revealed that making a sequel to the 1996 cult classic film with Danny Boyle at the helm would be “extraordinary.” For those of you who have watched the beef build between McGregor and Boyle ever since the director cast Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach instead of Ewan (burrrrrrrn), you know that the actor has shot down the possibility of him starring in the sequel for, like, ever. I’m not sure what’s behind McGregor’s sudden change of heart, but you can bet it’s a change of heart I can totally get behind.
So, if you’re wondering what the sequel will look like, look no further than the the novel itself. Turns out that the novel that the original movie was based on already has a sequel, with plenty of character development and plot points for Danny Boyle to draw from. Porno, by Irvine Welsh, picks up where Trainspotting left off. Well, 10 years after where Trainspotting left off. After going their own ways for almost a decade, the characters we knew and loved — Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy, and Spud — cross paths in the follow up over a new drug of choice: the independent porn industry.
And, while I’m sure the movie will break from the literary sequel in a number of ways, there are a ton of the things I hope Danny Boyle still includes, both from the book and from the 1996 movie.
1. Different Points of View
Porno, the novel, is told from five different points of view, and I’m hoping they bring that into the film version. I love it when movies throw multiple perspectives into the mix. It always makes the storytelling more lively.
2. An Inside Look at Underground Porno Industry
Yes, Please! You know, that’s what made Trainspotting both awesome and super hard to watch: the reality of it all. I’m sure by the end of this movie we will know WAY MORE than we ever wanted to know about the world of underground pornography.
3. Begbie’s Post-Prison Love Story
In the book, Begbie gets out of prison and falls in love with Kate. Begbie in love? Now I wanna see that.
4. Spud Writing a Book
Spud is determined to write a history of Leith, which just might be the most insane thing ever written. I mean, can you imagine? I’m hoping for some snippets of that in the film. Like, can we at least get a public reading in a café or something?
5. The Still-Lingering Tension Between Sick Boy and Renton
They just won’t let it die. Turns out, Sick Boy is still bitter about being ripped off by Renton in the previous film. Then, after saying he’ll meet Sick Boy in Cannes, Renton goes to Zurich instead and empties their joint account. Sick Boy: 0; Renton: 2.
6. Sick Boy Trying to Build a Business
In the book, Sick Boy is still trying to hustle his way to the top, taking over his aunt’s pub and trying to turn it classy. But then he invites his friends to shoot some pornos there. So classy, Sick Boy.
7. Lots of Fighting Against the Man
While the boys may have slowed down a bit, I’m still hoping for lots of resistance against the rat race. No full-time jobs or mortgages for them, I’m sure.
8. Nikki Fuller
Nikki is a new addition to sequel. A twenty-five year old University student, Nikki works works at a massage parlor and is interested in the underground porno thing. I’m just hoping Boyle includes her to round out this otherwise all-male cast.
9. Leonardo DiCaprio as SOMEBODY plz.
So what if I want to play on the drama that originally caused McGregor and Boyle to go their separate ways in the first place? I’m a sucker for juicy set gossip, and you know that would cause a huge stir.
Whatever they do include in the sequel, you can bet there will be plenty of awesomeness in whatever Danny Boyle cooks up. I’m just crossing my fingers for no dead babies, because that STILL gives me nightmares.
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