The buzz out of Austin this afternoon is Danny Boyle's SXSW Film Festival talk with the New York Times' David Carr (more on that later). The filmmaker unveiled some footage of his new mindbending heist film (which we've seen mind you, and it's very good), "Trance," starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson, discussed his filmmaking career and his ongoing musical collaboration with Underworld's Rick Smith.
Much more exciting however, is our interview with Boyle this afternoon. While we have not many quotes to supply at the moment, Playlister Drew Taylor phoned in to deliver some quick news before he jumped into another screening and it's all quite tantalizing.
The first bit? Boyle's mooted sequel to "Trainspotting," the adaptation of author Irvine Welsh's own sequel, "Porno," is back on. Boyle told The Playlist he hopes to make the film in 2016 and thinks he can get the entire original cast, including Ewan McGregor, back on board. Boyle said he's very optimistic on his timetable and noted that John Hodge – who wrote "Trance," "Trainspotting," "Shallow Grave" and "A Life Less Ordinary," and last worked with Boyle in 2000 on "The Beach" – is working on the screenplay. "This has been a long time coming," he said.
What's more, Boyle has two other films in the works and both are period pieces. While he wouldn't divulge details of what eras they would be set in, the "Slumdog Millionaire" filmmaker did say that one was an adaptation of a book (which he wouldn't name) and the other is being written by Hodge.
Lastly, the filmmaker revealed that Naomie Harris of "28 Days Later" was cast as the female lead of "Trance" – the role that Rosario Dawson now has in the final film. Part of the reason was "Trance" was originally set in New York with one British female in the hypnotist role. When Boyle scored the summer 2012 Olympics gig to be closer to home, he changed the setting to London and then in a reverse move, changed the female lead to be the sole American in the movie. "Trance" hits U.S. theaters in limited release on April 5th.