Sony’s Tristar Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to the currently untitled sequel to 1996’s “Trainspotting”. Danny Boyle is set to return to direct, with John Hodge returning to pen the script.

Original cast members Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle are all returning as Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie, respectively. Andrew Macdonald, Boyle, Christian Colson, and Bernie Bellew will produce.

The plan is to release the film on 21st birthday of the original film in 2017:

“It’s been 20 years since we met these characters and John Hodge’s screenplay brilliantly explores what’s happened to them — and to us — in the intervening years”

Boyle said of the planned sequel. Begbie actor, Robert Carlyle recently told NME:

“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve f—ing read.”

The original film was based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, with Hodge’s screenplay receiving an Academy Award nomination. The story follows a group of heroin addicts and their antics  in a economically deprived area of Edinburghin the late 1980s.  Welsh wrote a sequel book, “Porno”, there’s no confirmation yet, on if this is the basis of the followup. Filming is set to begin in the late spring.

Source: Variety