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Irvine Welsh talks about Trainspotting 2 and the possibility of a TV show


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Irvine Welsh wrote Trainspotting and Porno. T2 Trainspotting was partially based on the latter and the first trailer for the sequel was released a few days ago. You can watch that below.

Welsh has written a prequel, Skagboys, and this year saw the release of The Blade Artist, which follows Begbie.

The new film reunites director Danny Boyle with screenwriter John Hodge and all of the principal cast of the 1996 film – Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle reprise the iconic roles of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie.

It will be released on January 27, 2017 in the UK and February 3 in the US.

While talking to NME, Welsh spoke about T2 and the possibility of there being a TV adaptation featuring the characters.

Basically, I’ve plans for them all. All in various kind of schedules or adaptations.

It’s all ruling on cable TV, cable TV has some interesting developments,” he added. “We’re working on all these different kind of things.

“I think now anybody who’s in the book, whether the like it or not, they’re working on the way of being in the film. You keep that in mind. As soon as you’ve written it, you’re thinking about how it can move into different mediums.


He also really likes T2 Trainspotting.

It has managed to take the most dynamic elements of the [Trainspotting] book and Porno but also look forward to how it can be contemporary and present day… In some ways, I think it’s a better movie [than Trainspotting]… They have become such iconic characters and this is going to cement that status even more.

It feels like a big epic movie. I’m very, very excited about it and I think people are going to be excited. You’ll always get the critics who moan about it not being the original Trainspotting movie or being too much like it… but it’s going to be a great film, a great standalone film but also work with the first film as well to bring that whole world together.

I think it’s a magnificent achievement to be able to do that, to keep the spirit of the book but also to make a modern British film.

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