Since Danny Boyle’s adaptation of “Trainspotting” hit screens back in 1995, its source writer Irvine Welsh hasn’t really managed to become a fixture on the big screen. His writing credits have mostly been confined to shorts and TV movies, despite talk of an adaptation his “Trainspotting” sequel, “Porno,” never really going away since that novel was published a decade ago. But this all looks like it will soon change, with Welsh providing updates on a number of his projects via a diary in the Financial Times.
His latest novel, “Skagboys,” is out later this month, while a film based on another one of his novels, “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy,” is released in the U.K. the same week. That film (starring Billy Boyd and Kristin Kreuk) will open in the U.S. in September, but Welsh was also forthcoming with some some new info on one of his other (more high-profile) upcoming releases. The adaptation of his novel “Filth” starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan and a generally fantastic British cast is the project we’re most excited about, and Welsh had this to say about it: “Filth, the movie of another novel of mine, is in the edit, as we frantically try to get it ready for the Toronto International Film Festival in September.”
That’s likely music to the ears of anyone attending TIFF this year. Welsh’s novel is about a bipolar, bigoted, drug-addicted, sexually-abusive cop, Bruce Robertson (who will be played by McAvoy), who tries to land a promotion and win back his wife and daughter, while still mired in his own vices. It will definitely be a very different McAvoy than we're used to seeing, and we can't wait to see the results. Here’s hoping that the edit team pull this together in time for TIFF.