A Trainspotting spin-off television series is in the works.
25 years after Danny Boyle’s cult classic flick first became popular, we’re getting a television adaptation of the follow-up to Irvine Welsh’s titular novel. In an interview with NME, actor Robert Carlyle (Begbie) revealed that a Trainspotting television adaptation is in the early planning stages.
“Irvine [Welsh] and myself have been chatting quite a lot recently with a couple of excellent producers in London about [continuing the Trainspotting story],” Carlyle says. “As you know there was another book called The Blade Artist which is just entirely about Begbie and his mad story. It’s still in its early moments but it’s looking pretty good that this will happen eventually.”
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About The Blade Artist:
The Blade Artist revolves around Begbie’s story. In the book, he’s going by Jim Francis and is living with his wife and two daughters in California. It takes place when Francis returns to Scotland for his murdered son’s universe.
Carlyle went on to say that a six-episode “television event piece” would be the right way to tell the Trainspotting tale.
“It’s such a massive story – it’s all Los Angeles back and forth to Edinburgh – and it’s difficult to do all that in an hour and a half,” Carlyle continues. “Especially if you want to keep the basis of that book pure. I think nowadays people like the event thing too – they like ‘six hours of this… bang.’ They can boxset it. They can binge it. So after a few chats we thought that’s the way forward. So that’s the plan. Sometime in the next year and a bit we’ll hopefully be talking again and we’ll be talking about the return of Begbie.”
The last Trainspotting flick was T2 Trainspotting.