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Welsh hints at big screen for The Blade Artist

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Irvine Welsh: in movie talks (photo by Terry Murden)

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh revealed today that he is in talks to bring his latest novel The Blade Artist to the big screen.

The author, who immortalised Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie in Trainspotting, spoke about the possibility of another movie based on his new book while signing paperback copies at Waterstones on Princes Street, Edinburgh.

Leith-born Welsh described writing the book as: “A mad crazy romp. I’m hoping the paperback does as well as the hard back.”

A huge queue turned up at the store to meet the author and have their books and memorabilia signed.

Asked if a celluloid version of the hit book was on the cards Welsh said: “I am in talks with various people but taking a bit of time out just now.”

He added: “I am working on a play with Dean Cavanagh called Performers that will be staged at the Assembly Rooms during this year’s Edinburgh Festival.”

Welsh and Cavanagh are long term collaborators having worked in theatre and television together. This could very well be one of the hot tickets of this year’s festival.

T2, the sequel to Trainspotting, has garnered rave reviews and just opened in the US. As well as collaborating with director Danny Boyle and script writer John Hodge again 20 years on, he also said his small cameo, in which he reprised his role as Mikey Forrester, was “great fun.”

He added: “It was great to get everyone in the old gang back together again.”

On Welsh’s twitter page he announces “Mikey Forrester is back. Welcome to my man cave, gadgie*.”

The Blade Artist, published by Vintage, sees Francis Begbie trying to turn over a new leaf as an artist, but being drawn back into his old psychopathic ways.

Begbie, going by the name of Jim Francis, is now a Scottish expatriate artist in California and returns to Scotland after his son is murdered.

Having set up a legitimate life stateside with a wife and two daughters he finds it harder to keep up the façade when the past looms large.

*Gadgie is an urban lowlife.


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