Director Danny Boyle has said he plans to begin shooting the long awaited Trainspotting sequel next summer. If all goes to plan Boyle hopes that the film will then hit cinemas later in 2016, in time for the original film’s 20th anniversary.

Danny BoyleDanny Boyle hopes to begin shooting Trainspotting sequel next year.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Boyle said that the shoot was planned for “May/June” 2016, but added that it all depends on Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle’s shooting schedules. Both actors are currently tied up with television commitments in the US, with Carlyle starring in ‘Once Upon A Time’ and Miller in ‘Elementary’.

“They only get this little window off, so either you wait for the contract to run down, which could be as late as three years, or you kind of try and do it in this window,” Boyle said. “But all four lads [McGregor, Miller, Carlyle and Ewen Bremner] are back in.”

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The original film was made for a budget of just $2 million, but although the sequel will cost a lot more, Boyle has said the price is still low enough to allow him not to have to answer to anyone. “We’re doing it for less than $20 million, and that’ll give us control of the film so we can make the film we want to make,” the director added.

“That’s as much as you can get without being answerable to anybody. You can sort of get on with it without much interference. Although we could have raised a lot more money for this, we didn’t so we’re trying to keep some sense like we kept the original.”

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Boyle also spoke about the concerns of the film’s stars when it came to revisiting the story 20 years later. “The actors were understandably worried about its reputation and not wanting to let people down or to just be cashing in,” he said. “So actually the script, which John [Hodge], has written has been put under a very fierce spotlight by everyone, and it’s a good one.”

The film’s script will contain elements of Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh’s follow up novel Porno, which is set 10 years after the original, but will be its own story. “Everyone’s attitude is that it’ll be an honourable addition and an interesting addition to the original film. We’re very positive that we believe it can happen and it’s coming true,” Boyle added.