Shooting begins in June on a new TV series about the abduction of John Paul Getty III that will be directed and executive-produced by Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle.

The 10 part series Trust will premiere next January and focuses on the celebrated 1973 case involving the kidnapping of the teenage oil fortune heir by the Mafia and his family’s dithering over paying the ransom.

Casting is still to be announced but the script is by Simon Beaufoy, who, together with Boyle, won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire.

Meanwhile, Boyle has told Hollywood Reporter that he would like to see a third Trainspotting movie – but would prefer it to be a spin-off rather than a sequel.

He thinks Irving Welch’s novel The Blade Artist, which sees Begbie taking up a new career as a sculptor in California, would work well on screen. “It’s like a solo book,” Boyle told THR. “I think Bobby [Robert Carlyle] would love to do that because it’s an interesting twist on the character. That may be made into a film. You couldn’t call it T3 because although some of the other characters come into it, they’re only featured just momentarily. It’s a solo story. You could call that a spinoff.”