It was bad enough that Irvine Welsh had to go back to the well to write a sequel to his debut novel,"Trainspotting," (2002's "Porno" revisits the same characters 9 years later), but now comes the news that there's going to be a film to accompany the novel (will they call it "Trainspotting 2"?). Director Danny Boyle has secured the rights to the book and apparently the original cast have all agreed to revise their characters, except for ummm... the most important one. Ewan McGregor apparently has said, "They can go ahead and do it if they want, but it will be without me on board." McGregor added that he was "very proud" of "Trainspotting" and didn't want to do anything that might harm its reputation.
Boyle's next film, the psychological sci-fi flick, "Sunshine" (starring Cillian Murphy and the Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, uhhh) has been completed for some time, but keeps getting pushed back. Originally due this summer, it won't likely hit theaters til late in '07. Apparently Underworld (of "Born Slippy" fame) has helped score the film which also includes a song from the band, I Am Kloot. Incidentally, the "Sunshine" trailer utilizes the oft-recycled Clint Mansell theme from "Requiem For a Dream" (also used in LOTR II trailer).
The Boyle-produced (but not directed), "28 Weeks Later" -- a follow-up to his excellent "28 Days Later" lo-fi Zombie movie -- shows the British auteur is not afraid of sequels, nor high-gloss instead of grainy digital video (the trailer features Radiohead-wannabees Muse).
Download: Blur - "Sing" from the "Trainspotting" soundtrack (mp3)
Download: Iggy Pop - "The Passenger" from the "Trainspotting" soundtrack (and Pop's Lust for Life debut, mp3)