Cult classic movie Trainspotting is to be turned into a series but will
not feature the orginal actors
Scottish news: Scottish cult classic to become television series
by Amy Lenathen
It has been revealed that Irvine Welsh is in discussions to turn the book Trainspotting, published in 1993, into a 10-part television series.
The book, which was adapted into a film by Danny Boyle in 1996, portrays the destructive lives of various heroin users around Leith, Edinburgh. It takes the form of a collection of seven short stories written in both English and Scots languages.
Welsh told the Daily Record: “I’ve talked to Andrew McDonald who produced Trainspotting, about shooting Trainspotting as a 10-part series with the same actors and then doing a series of the book Porno a couple of years down the line.”
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The Edinburgh author has also been discussing the likelihood of another film adaptation of the Trainspotting prequel, Skagboys. This story follows the demise of protagonist Renton – a straight-A university student who falls victim to heroin abuse.
The original film was branded a cult and ranked the best Scottish film of all time in 2004 in a general public poll. However, stars from the original screen adaptation, including Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle, will not be featured in the upcoming productions.
“The original actors won’t reprise the roles because they are too old. We’ll get a different set of people in,” Welsh said.
Welsh, 53 currently lives in Chicago with his wife.
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