Danny Boyle
Director Danny Boyle arrives at the 62nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles January 30, 2010. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Danny Boyle has revealed that his next directorial project is likely to be “Trainspotting 2,” a sequel to his comedy-drama film “Trainspotting,” released in 1996. The filming of this much-anticipated sequel, however, depends on the availability of the original cast.

The Oscar-winning director told Deadline at the Telluride after-party celebration that the original cast members, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Kevin McKidd, are all up for the sequel, but the major stumbling block is coordinating all the four actors’ schedules.

“All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” Boyle said. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.”

Boyle, who is winning praise for biopic “Steve Jobs,” first revealed about his plan to direct the follow-up to “Trainspotting” in 2013. “This has been a long time coming… There’s always been this long-term plan for Trainspotting 2,” Boyle was quoted as saying by The Guardian in March 2013.

“The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger,” he said. “So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people. That will be the only criteria I think.”

John Hodge, the writer of the original film, has also written the script of the sequel. The original film “Trainspotting” is based on Scottish writer Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel of the same name, which follows the misadventures of Edinburgh heroin addicts. Hodge’s follow-up script is based on Welsh’s “Porno,” the 2002 sequel to his "Trainspotting" novel.

“Trainspotting” star McGregor, 44, earlier said that he would like to reprise his role as Mark Renton. He was initially not very enthusiastic about the sequel, but he has changed his mind since then.

“It’s supposed to be happening in 2016. I did speak about it with Danny and I’m very excited by the idea of it,” McGregor told Entertainment Weekly in December. “I think it would be quite an amazing thing to make a sequel to a movie 20 years later, with all the same characters.”

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