27/12/2011 10:14 GMT | Updated 26/02/2012 10:12 GMT

Ewan McGregor, Wife Eve Mavrakis To Shelve Boat Race Film Idea - Already Being Done

Ewan Mcgregor was forced to abandon plans for his directorial debut when he discovered someone else was making a film based on his boat race idea.

The Trainspotting star was researching a 1968 yacht race for a movie he was hoping to make with his wife Eve Mavrakis when he learned the film was already in production.

He tells Nylon Guys magazine, "My wife was going to design it. I wasn't going to be in it. And then I found out someone else is doing it. I was gutted."

But the disappointment hasn't thwarted McGregor's director dreams: "I think it would be so fascinating and satisfying, but I don't pretend... I would be starting right at the bottom."