U.S. tabloid culture is expected to fall under the satirical microscopes of writers Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) and Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) in talks to collaborate on a new dramatized series for British banner Burning Wheel Productions.
With the working title American Tabloid, the series will travel through the decades following the events of a weekly publication and enter a world where political correctness, morality and ethics are firmly around the corner. According to the producers, there will be “a fierce cavalry of jokers, swindlers and rap callions – in other words journalists – brought together from all over the world to forever change not only the landscape but also the power of the press from scandalous rumors political puppet show. “
Shelley Hammond of Burning Wheel says, “To do justice to this production, we always knew we would need writers who would not hold back and who would go far further than most would dare. We’re so excited that we’re ready to strike a deal to do this with the incredible talent of Bret and Irvine. This would be the first time the two have worked together professionally – and with the help of enabling creative freedom, we’re confident that spectacular things will happen. “
The filmmakers said they were “positive” that the deal will be locked in and a rapid development plan will be set in the coming weeks.
Burning Wheel Productions recently completed feature production Creation Stories, which is based on the life of British music industry icon Alan McGee, produced by Danny Boyle, and written from a screenplay by Welsh.