Irvine Welsh to write Alan McGee biopic

The author of Trainspotting and Filth is writing a film based on the Creation Records boss’s memoir

Irvine Welsh, known for his gritty, cynical tales of Scottish life, has been tasked with writing a screen play about one of the country’s most notorious pop music moguls: Alan McGee. McGee is best known for his Glasgow-based label Creation Records which launched the careers of Oasis, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and Ride, to name but a few.

While McGee’s professional story has already been told in the documentary Upside Down: The Creation Records Story and his 2013 memoir The Creation Records Story: Riots, Raves and Running a Label the new biopic looks set to tell a more personal tale. Creation Stories will follow McGee’s rise and influence through the 80s and 90s before his eventual struggles with mental health and drug addiction led to his bankruptcy.

With Welsh, a close friend of McGee, setting his ever-critical cast over the story it’s sure to be an uncompromising account of one of the most fabled figures in indie music history.