This is happening: Trainspotting author and Calvin Harris penning EDM sitcom

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Yes, according to Deadline Hollywood, this is a thing. Acclaimed Scottish author Irvine Welsh is writing a half hour sitcom series for HBO “set in the world of electronic music”, and they’ve drafted in fellow Scot world’s highest paid producer Calvin Harris to help.

Irvine Welsh has excellent previous form in writing about the world of dance music – his novels Ecstacy, Porno and Glue were partly set in clubland, and he’s long been considered the poet laureate of the 90s raving generation. Harris, we can presume, is on board to bring the 21st Century ‘EDM’ knowledge; and we’re willing to bet that the multi-talented 30-year-old has quite a few stories to share from his seven-plus years in the industry.

They’re not the only big names behind Higher either: The series is being created in conjunction with Overbrook Entertainment, Three Six Zero Group and Marcy Media, three companies with some very well-known names behind them.

Among the show’s nine – yes, nine – executive producers are Overbrook’s Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Marcy Media’s Jay-Z. The trio is already working together on a film re-boot of the musical Annie, but Higher will be an entirely different sort of endeavour.

No word yet on whether Harris will appear on the series, but he’s already (sort of) shown off his acting chops in the music video for Ellie Goulding’s I Need Your Love. We’ll keep you updated on Higher as the story around the show develops.

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