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Yesterday we brought you some comments from Ewan McGregor suggesting that he’s keen to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a future Star Wars movie, and now the actor has been speaking about another of his former roles, revealing that he’s open to another outing as Mark Renton in the long-rumoured sequel to the 1996 cult classic Trainspotting.
“I would be up for it,” states McGregor. “I’ve said that to Danny [Boyle]. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don’t if it’s happening yet. I’ve not seen a script and I don’t know if there is one. It’s been a long, long time.”
McGregor had previously distanced himself from any possible Trainspotting reunion, owing to a fallout between himself and Danny Boyle after he lost out on a role in The Beach to Leonardo DiCaprio. However, it seems that is all in the past now, »
- Gary Collinson
The Scottish actor revealed that he was definitely "up for it", and that there was no longer any "bad blood" between him and Boyle after a high-profile fallout in the late 1990s.
"It might be the film that brings me back [to Scotland]," he said at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. "I would be up for it, I've said that to Danny. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don't if it's happening yet. I've not seen a script and I don't know if there is one.
"It's been a long, long time. I just think I've changed my opinion about it. We've all moved on »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Channel 4 is getting nostalgic with a new documentary about 1990s culture.
Ninety-minute doc Turn Up...The Nineties will chronicle the rise of Cool Britannia and Britpop, as well as taking a look at some of the decade's most culturally influential figures such as Oasis, Kate Moss, Damien Hirst and David Beckham.
"We're all waiting for the next pop culture revolution where a chart battle between two bands can make the six o'clock news," said Jonny Rothery, Channel 4's commissioning editor for music.
"Whilst we wait, I'm really pleased to be taking a look back at this fascinating period when Generation X rose to prominence and everyone was mad for it."
Turn Up...The Nineties will air on the same weekend »
Want to write comedy? At an event for Guardian Members Irvine Welsh and Jesse Armstrong offered their advice. From making playlists for characters to finding inspiration in the people around you, here’s what they shared
“I’m sniffing around for minge on the bridges,” Irvine Welsh hollers. The author’s not looking his usual self - he’s covered in bling and wearing a wig reminiscent of Mott The Hoople as he reads from his latest book, A Decent Ride, at a Guardian Live event in the Bloomsbury Theatre. He’s in character as Juice Terry, a sex-obsessed taxi driver who, in this part, is flinging questions at an increasingly peeved gynecologist in the back of his cab.
- Sian Cain
Following on from "Filth," author Irvine Welsh and director Jon S. Baird are re-teaming for a new film adaptation of Walter Scott's classic adventure tale " Ivanhoe" for Egoli Tossell Film and Thunder Road Pictures. Basil Iwanyk, Stuart Pollok, Christian Angermayer and Jens Meurer are producing.
The story follows a noble knight who returns to England after the third Crusades. He fights to restore the good King Richard, believed to be held captive in an Austrian prison, and depose Richard's wicked brother John.
Welsh and Baird reportedly have a new take on the source material, one which explores the Ptsd the knights are suffering following their battles and Saladin's successful recapturing of Jerusalem.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Irvine Welsh is best known for his stories of modern, urban depravity, and he’s not the first person I’d think of for a medieval adventure with Knights, horseback adventure, shiny silver armour and an abundance of classic heroism. Nonetheless, that’s where he’ll be setting his compass next, teaming up with Jon S. Baird for a film of Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe.
Baird previously directed a film of Welsh’s Filth, and the result is probably the best, all-round adaptation of the novelist’s work. They can walk in step these two – apparently even when the beat of the walk is as unexpected as this.
In Deadline’s story on the project, this is being called a “bold adaptation,” which seems to imply harder-edged than previous film versions of the story. But you can’t take the story of Ivanhoe and rough it up too much without »
- Brendon Connelly
Exclusive- Iconoclastic Scottish writer Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and director Jon S. Baird (Filth) are re-teaming for a bold new adaptation of the classic Walter Scott adventure tale Ivanhoe. Jens Meurer is producing through his Berlin-based Egoli Tossell Film banner. Meurer previously worked with Welsh and Baird on Filth, which is how this latest collaboration first sparked. Basil Iwanyk and his company Thunder Road Pictures are also on-board as producers, along… »
London-based finance and production company Evolutionary Films has launched at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Leading the slate is teen comedy “Legacy,” which is produced by BAFTA winner Noel Clarke. Pic has already secured a multi-territory release with Universal Pictures across much of the world (excluding North America), with the release scheduled for April.
Slate also includes the feature-length documentary “Get Back,” which follows the Liverpool music scene from the post-war years to the present day, setting the Beatles in context. It will be released in the U.K. in May.
Representing the company at Efm are founder John Adams, formerly of Raw and Phoenix Worldwide Entertainment, and Ross Boyask, who has numerous years of experience in international sales. They will be joined by marketing director Alistair Audsley and head of production Diane Shorthouse, who will be looking for co-production opportunities.
The company’s library of completed titles also »
- Leo Barraclough
"This has been a long time coming," said Boyle. "There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2', if John can produce a decent enough script. I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back.
"I think they’ll want to know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down. 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. So you want to »
- Michael Stevens
Scotland knows how to do sad right; their storied history is one of many tragic turns of fate and crisis of identity. A vote for independence this past year failed to win, and the mossy high and lowlands are to remain a part of the greater United Kingdom, but the question remains, are they Scottish or can we also call them British? But what do I know, I’m just an American with a Scottish last name, insert whatever Irvine Welsh reference here.What I do know is that a lot of incredible music has come from the North Country, and not Del […] »
- Kieran MacIntyre
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