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Irvine Welsh & Bret Easton Ellis To Co-Create Series AMERICAN TABLOID Based On National Tabloid Press Culture In The US

21 July 2020

Burning Wheel Productions are currently finalising talks with literary giants Bret Easton Ellis and Irvine Welsh to co-create a dramatised series based on the national tabloid press culture in the US. 

Working title AMERICAN TABLOID - the series will journey through the decades following events from a weekly publication and enter into a world where political correctness, morals and ethics are left firmly at the door. 

The series will follow a rambunctious cavalcade of pranksters, con men, and rapscallions – in other words, journalists – being brought together from across the globe to change not only the landscape but the power of the press forever from scandalous rumour to political puppetry.



Shelley Hammond of Burning Wheel comments “To do this production justice we always knew we would require writers who don’t hold back and go way further than most would dare. We are just beyond delighted that we are ready to agree a deal to make this happen with the incredible talent of Bret and Irvine. This would be the first time the two have collaborated professionally – and with the support to allow creative freedom we are confident spectacular things will happen.”

All parties are positive that the deal will be firmed up in the coming weeks and a development schedule will be in place swiftly.

Irvine Welsh, renowned for his in-depth social narratives and depiction of the darker side of Scottish life, previously created Trainspotting, Filth and more recently T2. He will be joined by Bret Easton Ellis, creator of the satirical and ultraviolent black comedy/horror American Psycho and cult offerings Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction and must recently White. The duo lend their satirical minds into the world of the US tabloid newsroom.

Burning Wheel Productions recently completed feature production Creation Stories – a screenplay by Irvine Welsh and Exec Produced by Danny Boyle on the life of British music industry Svengali Alan McGee.



About Burning Wheel Productions
A London based production company founded in 2015 by Shelley Hammond and Hollie Richmond and later joined by third partner Nathan McGough. The company works across both film and TV.  Creation Stories was the first feature to go into production out of the fifteen titles in their slate. They recently completed a Co-Production six-part docuseries entitled Theodore, focusing on the victims of Ted Bundy in the US.

Burning Wheel recently produced Creation Stories alongside Ben Dillon and Orian Williams.

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