“Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh turned up at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this week for a live audience interview session for his short film “Nuts” reports Empire Online.
When asked about what’s holding up the film adaptation of “Porno,” his sequel novel to “Trainspotting,” he insists the screenplay currently being worked on by John Hodge is proving tricky to adapt.
“Porno” follows the sex film career of Sick Boy, the return to Edinburgh of Mark Renton, and the continuing bampot antics of Spud and Begbie. Andrew Macdonald has the movie project in development at the moment, with Danny Boyle interested in directing.
Welsh agreed that the original four actors – Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle – had to be involved for the film to work, but stressed that he didn’t blame McGregor’s falling out with the director and producer for the sequel’s delay.
Welsh has also worked on the original screenplay “The Meat Trade” about a modern-day Burke and Hare duo in Edinburgh who murder people in order to illegally sell their organs. Robert Carlyle and Colin Firth are attached, with Antonia Bird directing.
Welsh is also currently scripting a big-screen version of fellow Scot Alan Warner’s novel “The Man Who Walks,” about a one-eyed man who steals his local pub’s World Cup kitty and the demented nephew sent to hunt him down.