The Britpop mogul’s story on screen.
Irvine Welsh has signed up to write a screenplay based on Alan McGee’s memoir about running Creation Records, the label that launched the careers of Oasis, Primal Scream and The Jesus & Mary Chain.
Called Creation Stories, the film will chronicle McGee’s rise from the late ‘80s to the peak of Britpop in the ‘90s while charting the renowned loudmouth’s “relentless ambition and wealth coupled with mental torment, drugs and eventually bankruptcy,” as Variety reports. No word on casting or director yet, but we’d put a tenner on Bobby Gillespie playing himself.
Creation Records closed in 2000 but McGee soon found other rock reprobates to manage, looking after The Libertines in their ‘00s heyday and running another imprint, Poptones, until 2007. He looked back on his early career in his 2013 memoir The Creation Records Story: Riots, Raves and Running a Label.
Welsh, a close friend of McGee’s, has had several works adapted for the big screen before, including Filth and the iconic ‘90s film Trainspotting, which is also getting a movie sequel soon.