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"Trainspotting - Neue Helden" (1996) basiert auf dem Bestseller von Irvine Welsh - Regie führte Danny Boyle (u.a. "The Beach", "28 Days later")...

Was für einen richtigen "TRAINSPOTTER" eine Diesellok ist, das ist für Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor, u.a. "Star Wars") die Droge. Auch Mark geht seinem Hobby mit leidenschaftlicher Hingabe nach. Er läßt sich keinen Zug, keinen Schluck und keinen Schuß entgehen. Renton ist ganz unten angekommen, und er ist meistens high...

Sag ja zum Leben, sag ja zum Job, sag ja zur Karriere, sag ja zur Familie. Sag ja zu einem pervers großen Fernseher. Sag ja zu Waschmaschinen, Autos, CD-Playern und elektrischen Dosenöffnern. Sag ja zur Gesundheit, niedrigem Cholesterinspiegel und Zahnzusatzversicherung. Sag ja zur Bausparkasse, sag ja zur ersten Eigentumswohnung, sag ja zu den richtigen Freunden. Sag ja zur Freizeitkleidung mit passenden Koffern, sag ja zum dreiteiligen Anzug auf Ratenzahlung in hunderten von Scheiß-Stoffen. Sag ja zu Do-it-yourself und dazu, auf Deiner Couch zu hocken und Dir hirnlähmende Gameshows reinzuziehen, und Dich dabei mit Scheiß Junk-Fraß vollzustopfen. Sag ja dazu, am Schluß vor Dich hinzuverwesen, Dich in einer elenden Bruchbude vollzupissen und den mißratenen Ego-Ratten von Kindern, die Du gezeugt hast, damit sie Dich ersetzen, nur noch peinlich zu sein. Sag ja zur Zukunft, sag ja zum Leben. Aber warum sollte ich das machen? Ich habe zum ja sagen nein gesagt. Die Gründe? Es gibt keine Gründe. Wer braucht Gründe, wenn man Heroin hat?

Die Mitreisenden auf Rentons Trip sind Spud (Ewen Bremner, u.a. "Black Hawk Down"), ein nett einfältiger, dem Dope verfallener Suchtknabe, Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), dessen wahre Sucht sich eigentlich auf James Bond-Movies bezieht, Tommy (Kevin McKidd) schließlich, der Drogen ablehnt und süchtig ist nach der freien Natur. Dann ist da noch Begbie (Robert Carlyle, u.a. "James Bond"), eine Psychozeitbombe auf dem Weg in die Hölle. Begbies Treibstoff ist der Alkohol, seine Lieblingsdroge eine richtige Schlägerei...

Aber Marks Zug ist noch nicht abgefahren. Irgendwann, denkt er, wird er mal ohne den Stoff auskommen. Vielleicht...

Trainspotting - Sequel !?
Mit ziemlicher Sicherheit wird der Nachfolgeroman
"Porno" von Irvin Welsh ebenfalls verfilmt... Fragt sich nur wann und mit wem...


[07.12.2010] Cinematical sprach mit Danny Boyle...
Danny Boyle, director of the new movie '127 Hours,' told Cinematical that the long-discussed sequel to his breakthrough film 'Trainspotting' will get made, but he is waiting for the right time to make it. "It will happen, I think," Boyle said Friday during an interview in Los Angeles. "I mean, we'll approach them all again about it, but it will depend on what place they're all at. We have a very strong idea that it would be a wonderful thing to reapproach, to do again, when they have aged clearly into a mid-life kind of crisis, basically. They're not quite there yet, I don't think."
'Trainspotting' was based on the book of the same name by Irvine Welsh, who subsequently wrote a follow-up entitled 'Porno.' Boyle agreed with 'Trainspotting' star Ewan McGregor, who has said in previous interviews that Welsh's book would be the only source material for a possible sequel, but it may not yet be the right story to tell in order to revive the characters.
"He's right of course that the book, 'Porno,' is not a great book in the way that 'Trainspotting,' the original novel, is genuinely a masterpiece, I think, as a piece of writing. But we have been doing some work on it, and it's got potential, yeah, for sure. And when the moment's right, I think we will approach it."
Looking back at the film, Boyle said that particularly in retrospect, he felt a little bit like he was capturing lightning in a bottle by bringing all of these promising young performers together, and then enabling them to create the characterizations and relationships that have since become iconic. "They were brilliant, and it's quite rare when you get a cast that's that different," he reflected. "They're so different and yet they kind of jell together like they're all in the same film. It's weird. And yet, they're all very extreme performances."
He continued, "I remember Ewan saying to me, 'Am I doing enough?' Because he said, 'I'm watching Begbie and I'm watching Spud and they are acting so much that it's like this huge Roman-candle firework going off, and I'm not doing anything.' I said, well, you are doing something. I said, you will hold it together, you know, I think you will be our way through it, really."
Boyle also said that he thinks the delay will rejuvenate the material and create a different context in which to explore the characters. "It will be nice because I hope that the thing that will happen then is that it won't be just cashing in," he speculated. "It will be a very deliberate and imaginative reapproach to it, saying, how can you use something that's become a cult hit where people know so much about it, [and] how can you reapproach it other than just making it a sequel, which is just cravenly a business decision."
"This is an imaginative thing to look at these guys, who you kind of fell in love with and a whole generation fell in love with in a certain kind of way, and then you see them again and they've aged, just like we all do," he observed. "And then it becomes about that, and I think that would be really nice."

[09.01.2009] Bei Empire Online gibt es das Transcript eines Chats mit Danny Boyle...
blackmores hat asks: Can I ask what’s the state of play on Porno?
Just waiting for the original actors to age. Help them if you can. Take them out drinking - get them away from the spas and those moisturisers.

[18.11.2008] Quint von AICN plauderte mit dem Regisseur Danny Boyle...
Quint: [...] I remember there was a lot of talk a while back about there being a TRAINSPOTTING sequel.
Danny Boyle: Yeah, there’s a... the guy who wrote the original book Irvine Welsh, he wrote a sequel to it and we had a look at it, and there’s an idea we’ve got for it, but it depends on the guys, all of the same guys, playing all the same characters but twenty years later and they look twenty years older and the problem is at the moment they don’t. They all look exactly the same!
Quint: They look too good!
Danny Boyle: They just look exactly the same and I don’t know how they do it, well we do know how we do it don’t we? Actors. They’re in the sauna on the weekend and they’re kind of like moisturizing and it’s kind of like... (laughs)
Quint: They’re trapping the youth in! (laughs)
Danny Boyle: Yeah, and you think they’re hard drinking, partying and they’re not. They tucked up in bed at ten o’clock at night and all that kind of stuff, so they do look very well kept, so it wouldn’t work at the moment. You’d have to do so much makeup and stuff to change them enough.
Quint: Now Kevin McKidd has changed a lot and I just spent some time with him in Romania of all places.
Danny Boyle: On what?
Quint: BUNRAKU. He’s doing this thing where’s he like this assassin in a very hyper stylized movie. He was the nicest guy, really laid back, but it’s funny that out of all the guys he’s changed...
Danny Boyle: He’s a lovely guy. He’s beefier, isn’t he... Yeah Kevin... Well of course he dies in TRAINSPOTTING so he wouldn’t be in... sadly he wouldn’t be in the... it was the other ones, the other ones all look a bit heavier yeah, they’ve put a bit of weight on, but they don’t look any different. They don’t look like particularly older, so we have to wait really until, because it is a good idea... I think to go back to those characters twenty years later and they’re still in the city and the trigger is that Begbie the Bobby Carlyle character has been in jail for twenty years for murder and so him being released kind of retriggers everything.
Quint: As long as it’s not BLUES BROTHERS 2000. That’s all I got to say from the fan community.
Danny Boyle: (laughs) I hope it won’t be. Anyways we’ll see, hopefully it will... I think they’re all interested though. We just did this, they’re re-releasing it on DVD and they just did all these new interviews with all the actors and they all did all the interviews, the lot of them, so I think they’re all interested in doing it. Quint: That’s cool, so is that going to be like a Blu-Ray release?
Danny Boyle: Yeah, it’ll be... I guess, it’s not been in Blu-Ray yet.
Quint: No, not yet. I think that if they don’t do it for this release then it just means it’s coming soon. [...]

[21.09.2007] Der TV-Sender RTL2 zeigt heute um 2.55 Uhr "Trainspotting - Neue Helden"...

[16.05.2007] AICN zitiert den "Trainspotting"-Autor Irvine Welsh...
[...] I caught Irvine Welsh at a party in Atlanta for the paperback release of his new book, "Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs." It was pretty hilarious or disgusting, depending on your point of view. [...]
Someone asked about upcoming films based on his books and he had this answer that included Trainspotting sequel news. [...] Danny Boyle and Andrew Macdonald who did Trainspotting have been back on a bit about "Porno" and they are determined that they are doing that in the next 18 months. [...]

[06.03.2005] CS! sprach mit Danny Boyle über seine künftigen Projekte...
[...] Rumors have been flying around for years that Boyle planned on making a sequel to Trainspotting called Porno, which he confirmed, sharing his thoughts on the idea. "It's not like an easy cash-in sequel. It's like what they're like in twenty years time when they're middle-aged, but it's a long-term project way down the line. The challenge for those actors--and who knows how their careers will map out--will be to come back to characters that they've played and then to play them with twenty years of your own experience laid on top of them. It should be interesting. The idea of it is not to attract a new audience to 'Trainspotting'; it's to play it to everybody who watched it when it first came out, because they also would have that twenty years of ups and downs and what have you."
Boyle was a bit enigmatic about the status of his relationship with his Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor after the actor spoke out about being replaced by Leonardo DiCaprio for Boyle's fourth film The Beach, but he said that it was pleasant and thought that it would be okay. [...]

[01.01.2005] Heute um 22.00 Uhr zeigt RTL II "Trainspotting"...

[28.04.2003] meldet...
Actor Ewan McGregor is now "not keen" on reprising the drug addict role of Renton in a Trainspotting sequel. The Scottish hunk expressed an interest last year in reprising his break- through role in a big screen adaptation of author Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel Porno - although he stressed a good script would be essential if he were to agree to the film. Now, McGregor - who is now a major Hollywood player - has concluded that he is reluctant to commit to the project, which would also see Trainspotting stars Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner return. The Star Wars actor says, "If it wasn't as good, people would remember a poor sequel instead of a great original. I wouldn't touch it just in case it didn't work out."

[22.01.2003] Screen Daily sprach mit Danny Boyle...
Other than the original cast's lack of ageing, the sequel to 1996 runaway hit Trainspotting is taking shape, said director Danny Boyle at the Sundance Film Festival.
In Park City for the North American debut of UK box-office sensation 28 Days Later, the director said the sequel, based on the novel, Porno, by Trainspotting novelist Irvine Welsh, reunites the characters ten years later. He added that it was therefore essential that the film reunite the original cast members, which include Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller.
"None of them look any different," he said. "I need them to look like they’ve burned themselves out, but they have all been using face creme and Vitamin E lotion."
Hot off the heels of his success with 28 Days Later, Boyle is working with his regular collaborator John Hodge, who wrote Shallow Grave, A Life Less Ordinary and adapted Trainspotting.
But Boyle's next project to go is expected to be Millions, a comedy set in the near future when the UK makes the transition from Sterling to the Euro. The project is based at London’s Mission Pictures, with a screenplay by 24 Hour Party People screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. [...]

[02.11.2002] Empire Online meldet...
Ewan McGregor [...] let slip that his attitude towards a reunion with Begbie has significantly shifted. "At first, I was quite sceptical about it. Quite some time ago I was asked if I wanted to play Renton again and I said no - it's a funny thing to go back. I've never done it before - except for the Star Wars character - and I thought it was best left. What if you made a sequel to Trainspotting and it wasn't good? It would be a terrible shame."
But - we're more than slightly thrilled to say - McGregor completed a neat turnaround when he read writer Irvine Welsh's follow-up book, Porno. "But then I read the book and went, "Ah, it's fantastic!" 'Cause it was so nice to find what they're all up to, you know. Sick boy and wee Spud and Begbie - fuckin' hell... so we'll see. The only thing to say is that if the script is good enough you'd go for it. I've lost that immediate negative feeling I won't do it." [...]

[26.10.2002] IMDb meldet...
Star Wars hunk Ewan McGregor has patched up his differences with director Danny Boyle - as Boyle seeks to reunite the stars of cult movie Trainspotting for a sequel. Author Irvine Welsh published Porno this year, a novel set 10 years after the original drama which features many of the same characters. Boyle, who directed the first flick, is a big fan of the book and wants to produce a script. In fact, he's already started meeting the stars of the 1996 movie, including McGregor, with whom he fell out a couple of years ago when he failed to cast him as the lead in The Beach, preferring instead Leonardo DiCaprio. He says, "I saw Ewan for the first time in five years a few days ago. I hadn't seen him in such a long time. It was great fun. There is an opportunity to do Porno, but it would be difficult because he's got such a varied career - would he go back and play a character he's already played? But he's halfway through the book and was laughing because (his character) Renton doesn't appear until halfway through. He's going to finish the novel first and take it from there. I finished it and think it's amazing." However, Boyle believes original stars McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner will team up for the film if he can produce a great script. He reasons, "Everyone says it's about getting the actors back again, but I think more importantly, it's about whether we can do justice to the characters. They have become mythical figures since Trainspotting came out."

[25.10.2002] Bei AICN gibt es Infos von einer Q&A-Session...
[...] It is not the end of the Trainspotting team! John Hodge’s had some input in the development into 28 DAYS LATER & is currently looking at Porno (book by Irvin Welsh) To see if it can be adapted into ‘Trainspotting 2’. [...] they would need six certain actors to take a considerable paycut.

[19.10.2002] DH meldet...
UK Yahoo got to ask Director Danny Boyle the other day about Irvine Welsh's follow-up to his acclaimed novel "Trainspotting": "I've just finished reading it, funnily enough, and I really enjoyed it. I found it very difficult to start with, because I am in such awe of the original book, which I think is a modern Ulysses. I think the idea of taking the characters ten years on is brilliant, but one of the problems at the moment is that the actors - Ewan and Ewen, Bobby, and Jonny - don't look ten years older". Would he direct it? "It's a fantastic idea. I don't know whether it will happen or not because of the logistical problems that would be involved. I'd love to go back to it, I think the idea of a ten-year gap is a great idea".

[25.08.2001] Bei Coming Soon! gibt es ein Kommentar zu deren "Trainspotting 2"-Meldung...
Actually, I believe your story on Trainspotting is a mis-quote -- in true ABC fashion. In this interview at a recent book signing, Irvine Welsh states that he is writing another BOOK using the characters from Trainspotting, and that it's difficult to write a book these days without someone turning it into a movie.

[24.08.2001] DH berichtet über "Trainspotting 2"...
"Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh was talking at the Edinburgh Book Festival about the novel that he's in the middle of writing entitled "Porno" and confirmed its a follow-up to that famous novel of Scottish drug addicts of his - "Trainspotting". Now The Sun confirms that Film Four already is interested in nabbing the movie rights even though the book is a long way from completion. The plot of "Porno" is set a decade later and will be based mostly in Leith, Edinburgh where most of the first book/movie was set. Sick Boy has now moved back to Edinburgh to become a movie director and to make porn movies, and Spud has been conned into writing a book on the local area. No word on the involvement of Ewan McGregor or Robert Carlyle's characters of Renton or Begbie though Walsh did indicate the pair would meet up again.

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Irvine Welsh
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Trainspotting Sequel

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Audio CD
Erscheinungstermin: 27. August 2001

14 Titel: u.a. Lust For Life; Deep Blue Day; Perfect Day; Born Slippy

Trainspotting Vol. 2
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Erscheinungstermin: 12. September 1997

15 Titel: u.a. Choose Life; The Passenger; Golden Years; Temptation; Born Slippy (NUXX Darren Price Mix)


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