Director Antonia Bird, actor Robert Carlyle, writer Irvine Welsh and producer Mark Cousins have unveiled their first collaboration through their company 4Way Pictures.
Bird will direct “The Meat Trade,” starring Carlyle, from an original screenplay by Welsh. Cousins will produce alongside Kees Kasander.
It’s a black comedy/horror pic set in contempo Edinburgh, inspired by the legendary Scottish tale of the 19th-century bodysnatchers Burke and Hare.
Welsh, who wrote the novel “Trainspotting,” has reworked the story as a Grand Guignol saga of mayhem and murder, featuring a couple of small-time gangster brothers who steal organs from corpses for the international transplant market.
The screenplay was developed with support from Scottish Screen.
The producers hope to start shooting next spring, after Bird finishes her upcoming American project “Abraham’s Daughter” for Raw Nerve/Greenestreet.