Trainspotting: No Limits – 89% was one of those movies that marked a generation. There are many stories about drug addicts, but the film directed by Danny Boyle proposed a new way of seeing them, where the viewer could get to know them from their vision of the world and their perception of the drugs themselves. Through the eyes of Mark Renton, played by Ewan McGregor, you could experience the “journey” itself and the waste of these young lives without falling into the melodramatic or the moralistic message as usual.
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Irvine Welsh published the novel by Trainspotting in 1993 and already then caused much controversy for the way he portrayed addicts and the bleak lives of hopeless young people in the run-down areas of Edinburgh. From its inception, the story divided audiences, with some calling it “immoral” and “dangerous,” and others “necessary” and “revealing.” Boyle’s adaptation helped establish it as a cult story, and the author himself has tried to further exploit this idea. In 2002, it was published For not, a sequel focused on Simon “Sick Boy”, who decides to start a career as an adult film director. Also appears Renton, now free of his addiction and owner of a club, and Begbie, who seeks revenge after being released from prison. In 2021, Welsh published Skagboys, a prequel where we see how the protagonists became addicts.
In 2017, Boyle also decided to make a sequel to the film, but it did not continue as the story of For not it did not seem to him that he was up to the task. Trainspotting 2: Life in the Abyss – 79% was released with great success and in this case it worked very well to represent a new void in the lives of the characters that had more to do with their lack of expectations for the future and the proximity of death. Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle gladly returned to their respective roles and gave their complicated characters new vulnerabilities.
When you are part of something so significant it is not uncommon to want it to last forever, or to have more aspects explored in an attempt to cover it all. That said, it is not surprising that he thinks how to continue with the story in some way. Robert Carlyle confirmed in an interview with NME that he is working on a spin-off series based on his character Begbie and the most interesting thing is that he joined the very same Irvine welsh to develop it:
Irvine and I have been talking a lot lately with a couple of great producers in London. As you know, there is another book called The Blade Artist that is entirely about Begbie and her crazy story. It is still in its early steps, but it seems quite likely that this will eventually happen.
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Although the movies show Begbie’s tendency to act violently, the novels make it even clearer that he is a psychopath and it seems that this is the aspect that interests Carlyle the most. The book the actor mentions is The Blade Artist, published in 2016, and which follows the character of Begbie under the new identity of Jim Francis, a fairly successful artist and sculptor who lives in California with his wife and two daughters, and who must deal with his past when he learns that the son who had left in Edinburgh was brutally murdered. It is a sequel to For not, but it also shows us the character’s past and the reasons why he became that kind of person.
Robert Carlyle It is very clear that this story will be better told as a series and not as a movie:
It seemed right to see her that way [como una serie], and Irvine loved the idea. It’s such a big story, it takes place between Los Angeles and Edinburgh, and it’s hard to do all of that in an hour and a half! Especially if you want to keep the base of the novel pure.
At this point we are far from knowing more details such as a release date or possible cast. There is also no talk of the very remote possibility of having cameos from the original characters, but everything is possible for now. In fact, comments from Robert Carlyle they seem to indicate that they only have the idea and that a script has not yet been worked on. The novel that will be used as a base was very well received and the world of Trainspotting It is well loved and respected by the public, so it is very possible that the production will be confirmed soon.
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