Robert Carlyle in talks to return as Begbie in Trainspotting spin-off TV series
Robert Carlyle has confirmed he has been involved in talks to reprise the role of Francis Begbie once again in a new TV spin-off series based on another of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh's novels.
Publish in 2016, The Blade Artist follows on from Trainspotting and its sequel Porno, centering on Begbie's reckoning with his past as he returns to Scotland from his new life in sun-kissed California for his son's funeral. It's understood that the novel will form the basis for a new miniseries, with both Carlyle and Welsh involved in talks with producers.
Carlyle told the NME that plans were in the very early stages but that "it’s looking pretty good that this will happen eventually," outling the idea for a six part 'event series': "It seemed to me to be right to look at it like that, and Irvine loved that idea. It’s such a massive story – it’s all Los Angeles back and forth to Edinburgh – and it’s difficult to do all that in an hour and a half! Especially if you want to keep the basis of that book pure. I think nowadays people like the event thing too – they like 'six hours of this... bang.’ They can boxset it. They can binge it. So after a few chats we thought that’s the way forward. So that’s the plan. Sometime in the next year and a bit we’ll hopefully be talking again and we’ll be talking about the return of Begbie."