You might remember that, last May, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh was announced as the director of The Magnificent Eleven, a modern remake of The Magnificent Seven that centers around a group of UK footballers (i.e. soccer players, which I pray doesn’t really require explanation) who rally around a Tandoori restaurant. We still don’t know that much about the picture, but at last there are some actors to associate with it: Sean Bean, Dougray Scott and Robert Vaughn have all been cast. Read More »


It would seem that Irvine Welsh rather likes his sporting movies. The author of Trainspotting is set to follow up his directorial debut, the darts mockumentary Good Arrows with the football-themed comedy The Magnificent Eleven. Here’s the official blurb for Eleven from Angry Badger Pictures:

A modernization of the classic western in which the Cowboys are a struggling local amateur soccer team, the Indians run a nearby Tandoori restaurant and the bandits are a group of menacing thugs led by a maniac known simply as ‘Blonde Bob’.

Welsh didn’t originate the script, though he is going to work on another draft with original writers Pete and John Adams. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his regular collaborator Dean Cavanaugh to come along too.

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