Trainspotting characters could get TV spin-offs, says Irvine Welsh

Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh has hinted that the likes of Begbie, Spud and Renton could all be set for their own TV spin-offs.

Earlier this week, AAA reported that Welsh believes the forthcoming Trainspotting 2 – or T2 as it’s being billed – is even better than the original.

And now the bestselling writer says there could be more spin-offs in the works.

Speaking to music magazine NME, who asked if we can expect any further adaptations involving the Trainspotting characters, Welsh said: “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. We’re working on all these different kind of things.

“I think now anybody who’s in the book, whether they 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.”

Trainspotting 2, which will hit cinemas in January, sees the original cast of the 1996 movie (including Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller) return, while director Danny Boyle is back at the helm.

Speaking to NME about whether he had any reservations about making a sequel to the cult film, Welsh said: “We were all nervous before we decided to do it… [but] once we saw the script, everybody was confident that we were certainly not going to trash the legacy of the first film and that we were going to build on it.”

“It has managed to take the most dynamic elements of the [Trainspotting] book and Porno [Trainspotting sequel book, on which T2 is partially based] 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,” Welsh went on to say. “I’m very, very excited about it and I think people are going to be excited [too]. 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.”

Describing the movie as feeling “very now”, Welsh added: “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.”

Watch the trailer for Trainspotting 2 below. WARNING: this trailer contains scenes of nudity and drug use.

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