Danny Boyle’s ‘Trainspotting 2’ Finally Has a Teaser and Release Date
Choose life. Choose hope. Choose sequels.
A sequel to Danny Boyle‘s Trainspotting was long in talks and finally confirmed late last year. Though the new movie doesn’t begin shooting until today, May 16, the production is giving fans a little treat by releasing the first teaser trailer. There’s no new footage in the 45-second clip, just an edit of great moments from the 1996 film appropriately played to Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life.” But there is one bit of exciting news at the end. The sequel will finally be hitting theaters on January 27, 2017. That’s about a month shy of the film’s 21st anniversary of its U.K. opening, and only six months after it’s 20th anniversary in the U.S.
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of rebooting a beloved movie 20 years later; most great movies end just fine and don’t necessitate a second chapter. But another Trainspotting movie is definitely on my list of most anticipated movies, especially with the original cast on board. Boyle is reuniting with his original screenwriter John Hodges along with Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle. Hodges' script will be loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s novel Porno, the sequel to his Trainspotting, which finds the four friends meeting again 10 years later, only this time in the pornography business. But don’t worry, there’s sure to be drugs involved (or maybe that should make you worry?).
The one disappointing bit of news from the teaser is that the new film’s title, T2, which Boyle revealed last year, has apparently stuck. It’s a pretty underwhelming title and only makes me think the Edinburgh gang be making a Terminator porn spoof. With a plot finding a group of junkies enmeshed in the porn world, they certainly could’ve come up with a more inventive title. Even Trainspotting 2 is fine! But I guess that’s too long for a hashtag.