Cannes: 'Trainspotting' Author Irving Welsh to Adapt Music Biopic 'Creation Records'

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Kaleidoscope Film Distribution will handle worldwide sales on the film about the rise and fall of the Britpop label.

Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) is turning his gaze to the music industry. The acclaimed writer of such novels as Filth and Porno has adapted a screenplay based on mogul Alan McGee’s memoir The Creation Records Story: Riots, Raves and Running a Label.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution will handle worldwide sales on the film, titled Creation Stories, and introduce it to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes film market.

Burning Wheel Productions’ Hollie Richmond, Shelley Hammond and Nathan McGough will produce the film alongside Orian Williams (Big Sur, Control). Kaleidoscope’s Spencer Pollard is executive producing.

Dean Cavanagh also worked on the screenplay.

Creation Stories chronicles the famed British record label that launched such bands as Oasis, Primal Scream and The Jesus & Mary Chain. Standing at the forefront of the Britpop movement and selling over 60 million records worldwide, McGee led a life of relentless ambition and wealth coupled with mental torment, drugs and eventually bankruptcy.

Welsh is a close friend of McGee's, and first-hand experience with Creation Records’ trials and triumphs made him spark to the adaptation.

“We are very excited to be working with the guys on Creation Stories," Pollard said Wednesday in a statement. "Alan McGee’s and Creation Records’ success is a fantastic story that we can’t wait to bring to the International marketplace."

Added Hammond: "Burning Wheel is absolutely delighted to be working with Kaleidoscope to create a film about one of the most culturally important British figures in the music business, Alan McGee, written by the voice of a generation, Irvine Welsh.”

Kaleidoscope's current slate includes: Le Mans 3D, directed by James Erskine; Sundance pic Glassland, starring Toni Collete, Will Poulter and Jack Reynor; Keva Rosenfeld’s All American High Revisited; sports doc I Am Duran; and Kevin Pollak’s Misery Loves Comedy, which features comedy icons such as Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon dissecting the art of standup.

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