After twenty-five years, the cult film Trainspotting becomes a TV series. It will be titled The Blade Artist and will tell the story of Francis Bedgie
Trainspotting is a cult film of the nineties. Based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, it has been called the best Scottish film of all time and had a great success "in box office", not replicated then by Trainspotting 2 in 2017. Set in Edinburgh, Trainspotting tells the story of a group of five Scottish boys: Mark Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, Francis Bedgie and Tommy.
Most of them are addicted to heroin and / or alcohol and live of scams and petty crimes, performed purely to earn the daily dose. Some try to get out of that tunnel but get sucked back in, others successfully get rid of the addiction and lead healthy lives. The characters and events are some of the most iconic in movie history. Now, after about twenty-five years, Trainspotting becomes an exclusive TV series where Robert Carlyle returns as Francis Bedgie. The series, currently in development, will be a sequel will be titled The Blade Artist. It will be produced by Bucanner Media, the same producer of two other famous titles including BritBox Crime, also inspired by a novel by Welsh.
The Blade Artist: plot of the sequel to Trainspotting
The Blade Artist will consist of 6 episodes. The events will take place between Edinburgh and Los Angeles and will be set about 20 after those of the film and sees as the protagonist the character of Francis Bedgie.
He has become a man, lives in Los Angeles, where he works successfully as an artist and sculptor. In short, it seems centuries have passed since his reckless youth, now he lives a peaceful life together with his family: he has a wife named Melanie and two daughters. A bereavement forces him to return to Scotland, where he must also come to terms with his past. Years later he relives some of the most troubled moments and realizes that they will always be part of his life, he has only set them aside and never forgotten them. This is where the story of The Blade Artist starts, allowing the audience to look at the characters with different eyes.
Carlyle and Welsh: executive producers of the series
The TV series will be tied to the film: Welsh and Carlyle will be the executive producers, in collaboration with Buccaneer Media's top executives, Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart. The production has not yet made any deals with any streaming platforms, although offers will probably not be long in coming.
Welsh said he is excited about this project, which can not wait to see the light. Carlyle, who played Francis Begbie in T2 Trainspotting, a 2017 film said he was grateful because he had the privilege of playing an important character in a film that was crucial to film history. He added that "the prospect of working with Irvine and bringing Francis Begbie back to life is an absolute gift." In short, all that's left to do is wait for the official release of the streaming TV series.