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COOL/SCARY: IRVINE WELSH TO DIRECT

By / 02.16.10

If you’ve ever read a novel by Irvine Welsh (the Scottish writer who wrote Trainspotting), you get the feeling that you’re dealing with a borderline sociopathic misanthrope holding on to sanity by a thin strand.  In short, a man after my own heart.  The latest news is that he’s set to direct a remake of Magnificent Seven.

Welsh will direct gritty UK comedy The Magnificent Eleven, a modern-day version of the classic 1960 western The Magnificent Seven in which the Cowboys are a local amateur soccer team, the Indians run a nearby Tandoori restaurant and the bandits are a group of menacing thugs run by a maniac called Blonde Bob.  The film is set to star Sean Bean, Dougray Scott and Robert Vaughan, the veteran actor who is the last surviving cast member from the original Magnificent Seven. [ScreenDaily]

According to IMDB, Welsh made his directing debut last year with a film called Good Arrows, which went direct to DVD in the UK and has one copy left on Amazon.  Also, this guy didn’t seem to like it much.  But you have to figure anything that pisses off Irvine Welsh is good for society in the long run.  In fact, instead of letting him direct, I think we should just do a reality game show where he has to be Taboo partners with Werner Herzog.  Loser has to interview Billy Bush and pretend to be interested.


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