Irvine Welsh writing script for Alan McGee biopic

Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh is to turn former Oasis manager Alan McGee’s memoirs on his time running Creation Records into a film, it has been announced.

McGee’s iconic record label, which he ran from 1983 to 1999, was home to legendary bands including Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, The Pastels and The Jesus & The Mary Chain.

alanThe East Kilbride-born music mogul, pictured right, documented the early days of the label in the 2013 book The Creation Records Story: Riots, Raves and Running a Label.

Now, Variety reports that Trainspotting author Welsh’s script will focus on the “relentless ambition and wealth coupled with mental torment, drugs and eventually bankruptcy,” of the period.

Welsh co-wrote the script with Dave Cavanagh, the author of The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize.

Burning Wheel Productions’ Hollie Richmond, Shelley Hammond and Nathan McGough will produce the film.

As yet, no casting decisions have been revealed.

As well as Trainspotting, a sequel for which is currently being shot in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Welsh has also seen his novel Filth turned into a major film starring Scottish actor James McAvoy in 2013.

The Acid House was made into a film in 1998, while Ecstasy hit the big screen in 2011.

Over the years, Welsh has directed several short films for bands.

In 2001, he directed a 15-minute film for indie outfit Gene’s single Is It Over, which is taken from the album Libertine.

Five years later, he directed a short film to accompany the track Atlantic from Keane’s album Under the Iron Sea.

Welsh directed his first short dramatic film, NUTS, which he co-wrote with Cavanagh. The film features Joe McKinney as a man dealing with testicular cancer in post Celtic tiger Ireland. It was released in 2007.

Welsh co-directed “The Right to liberty”, a chapter of the documentary film The New Ten Commandments, in 2008.

In 2009, Welsh directed the film Good Arrows (co-directed by Helen Grace). It was written by Welsh and Cavanagh. The film is about a darts player who suffers from depression which causes him to lose his skill.