Queer as Folk reboot gets series order from Peacock
It has been 21 years since Queer as Folk aired its last episode, but now Peacock has officially given the series a direct order for the reboot of the British drama by Stephen Dunn, directed by Game of thrones former Aidan Gillen. The project comes from Universal Content Productions, which has been developing the new reboot since 2018. This isn’t the first time the short-lived British series has been remade in the US, as Showtime has previously adapted. Queer as Folk in 2000, aired for five seasons.
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“It’s a surreal honor to adapt Russell T. Davies’ notoriously groundbreaking series,” Dunn said in a statement. “When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative I felt I could only watch Queer as Folk secretly. But so much has changed in the past 20 years and how wonderful it would be if the next generation didn’t have to watch Queer as Folk alone in their damp basements with the sound cut off, but with their family and friends and the volume turned up to the max.
Created and written by Dunn, the reboot will take place in New Orleans and follow a diverse group of friends whose lives are transformed in the wake of tragedy. The series is described as a vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking British series.
“Queer as Folk was more than just a show, it was a revolutionary and necessary voice for so many people, ”Lisa Katz, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “The new version of Stephen for Peacock comes at another pivotal moment in our culture. Alex Sepiol, Executive Vice President of Drama Programming, and his team have championed this project from the first moment it landed on their desk, ensuring the script becomes the series we are announcing today. The whole team is thrilled to be part of the introduction of a new generation to this type of authentic and assertive storytelling.
In addition to writing, Dunn is also expected to lead pilot and executive product alongside Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht, Richard Halliwell of NENT Studios UK and original series producers Russell T. Davies and Nicola Shindler.
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Created by Russell T. Davies, the original series only aired for 10 episodes from 1999 to 2000. It starred Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam, who played the roles of Stuart, Vince and Nathan respectively. The series centers on the lives of three gay men in Manchester.