Tony Wood’s London-based Buccaneer Media is teaming with Irvine Welsh on the adaptation of the Scottish novelist’s Crime. This will be the first time that Welsh adapts one of his own books for television. Dougray Scott is attached to star in and exec produce the six-part drama. Buccaneer, maker of ITV and Netflix crime series Marcella, will produce, and is launching the project at Mipcom this week.
Crime is the sequel to Welsh’s 1998 novel Filth, which was made into a 2013 movie starring James McAvoy. The series will be set in the present day with Scott as Detective Inspector Ray Lennox. The action takes place predominantly in Miami and will be intercut with flashbacks to Lennox’s previous case in Edinburgh. In the book, Lennox becomes embroiled in a case involving a ring of pedophiles.
Welsh’s longtime screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh will co-script Crime. Exec producing with Scott are Buccaneer’s Nicola Larder, co-creator of Marcella, and Wood.
Welsh says he and Cavanagh have been interested in adapting the story for some time. He calls it “a classic journey from darkness into light, and despite the troubling subject matter, I think an uplifting one.”
The movie sequel to Welsh’s Trainspotting, which reunites director Danny Boyle and stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner, is due for domestic release via Tristar on February 3 next year.
Scott is repped by WME and Tavistock Wood.