A modern-day ‘reimagining’ of Queer As Folk is officially happening

Queer As Folk UK cast
Stars of UK series of 'Queer As Folk'. Photo: Channel 4

A new American reboot of Russell T. Davies’ iconic TV series Queer As Folk is coming.

US streaming service Peacock has greenlit an eight-episode “reimagining” of the original groundbreaking British series, set in America.

Creator Stephen Dunn is developing the new project, which has been in development since 2018.

The new series follows a diverse group of friends in New Orleans after a tragedy transforms their lives.

Davies’ original 1999 British series chronicled the lives of three gay men in Manchester, played by Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam. It ran for eight episodes with a two-part follow-up the next year.

Then, the US version on Showtime expanded on stories from the original series and would run for five seasons from 2000 to 2005. It was set in Pittsburgh and starred Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, Peter Paige, Hal Sparks and Sharon Gless.

Stephen Dunn said of the new project, “It is a surreal honor to adapt the notoriously groundbreaking series by Russell T. Davies.

“When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative that I felt I could only watch Queer as Folk in secret.

“But so much has changed in the last 20 years.

“[How] wonderful would it be if the next generation didn’t have to watch Queer as Folk alone in their dank basements with the sound muted, but with their family and friends and the volume cranked all the way to the max.”

Russell T Davies excitedly gives new Queer As Folk his blessing

Queer As Folk creator Russell T Davies is onboard the new project as an executive producer. Davies excitedly responded to the reboot news on his Instagram.

“Scream,” he wrote in the caption.

“It’s American, it’s set in New Orleans, all-new characters. It’s written by a brilliant man called Stephen Dunn. I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

“My credit is just nominal, really, it’s all theirs! So excited for them.”

Earlier this year, Davies scored acclaim with his drama series It’s A Sin, shedding light on the early days of the looming AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

The five-part drama series follows the lives of young gay men Ritchie, Roscoe, and Colin in London at the time. It’s A Sin is streaming in Australia on Stan.

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Jordan Hirst
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