Why Danny Boyle Wants a 'Trainspotting' Spinoff Over a Third Film
He also doesn't want to direct it himself.
[This story contains minor spoilers from T2 Trainspotting.]
Danny Boyle wants to see a third Trainspotting film, but he's choosing not to pursue that himself.
The 1996 cult hit and the new sequel star Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle as former drug pals Mark "Rent" Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie, respectively. The follow-up borrows from Porno, also by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.
Boyle told The Hollywood Reporter that another book of Welsh's has the potential to be turned into a third Trainspotting movie: "Irvine Welsh returns to these characters in many different ways, in different novels. They appear as casual characters in each others’ stories — we call it 'Irving’s little Marvel universe.'"
In particular, Boyle recommended The Blade Artist, released last year and centering on the violent and volatile Begbie's life between the two films, living with his family in California as a sculptor. "It’s like a solo book," explained the helmer. "I think Bobby would love to do that because it’s an interesting twist on the character. That may be made into a film. You couldn’t call it T3 because, although some of the other characters come into it, they’re only featured just momentarily. It’s a solo story. You could call that a spinoff. ... Blade Artist is a great read.
However, the filmmaker doesn't know if he'd want to direct that stand-alone movie himself, especially since Sony’s release of the TriStar title sees Begbie meeting his end after a clever escape from jail and a vengeful chase through Edinburgh to kill Renton for walking out with all of their money 20 years ago. Therefore, the original ensemble has been trimmed once again.
"I don’t know, actually. My affection is toward all four of them," Boyle said of helming a Blade Artist adaptation. "People regarded the first movie as being Renton’s movie, and I never really saw it like that, though he does dominate because of the voiceover. I always saw it as an ensemble movie, so I’m still very much in that mode."
Carlyle is open to reprising his role in that potential film. “We’ve been talking about that, I am up for doing it. So maybe we ain’t seen the end of Begbie just yet," he told reporters at T2's Edinburgh premiere, according to The Guardian. “[T2] is the first time you see maybe there is another side to this guy. ... There is something quite emotional about that. He’s capable of feeling something more than just rage, so I am pleased that that element of Begbie has been shown."