Fans of the UK series Queer as Folk, created by Russell T. Davies, are in luck: Peacock has just announced that Stephen Dunn and UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, will reinterpret the series for the streaming platform.
The original groundbreaking series ran in the UK from 1999 to 2000 and followed the lives of three gay men who lived in Manchester’s gay village. Aidan Gillen, Charlie Hunnam and Craig Kelly starred in his 10-episode run.
The series’ success led to a US version in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which aired on Showtime in 2000 and ran for five seasons.
The latest version will be about a diverse group of New Orleans friends whose lives have changed after tragedy.
“Queer as Folk was more than just a show, it was a groundbreaking and necessary voice for so many people. Stephen’s new version for Peacock hits another defining moment in our culture, ”Lisa Katz, president of Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “The entire team is thrilled to be part of introducing a new generation to this kind of authentic and affirmative storytelling.”
Dunn is an award-winning writer and director who recently co-wrote and directed the Spirit Award and the GLADD Award nominated episode of Apple TV + ‘Little America, “The Son.” He will direct the pilot episode. This iteration of Queer as Folk is also created, written and produced by Dunn.
“It’s a surreal honor to adapt Russell T. Davies’ notoriously groundbreaking series. When the show originally aired, the idea of non-apologetic queer stories on television was so provocative that I felt like I could only secretly watch queer as folk, “Dunn said in a statement. “But so much has changed in the last 20 years and how wonderful it would be if the next generation had to see queer not only as folk in their damp basements with muffled sound, but with their family and friends and the volume up to the maximum … “
Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht, the original series creator Davies, Nicola Shindler and Richard Halliwell are also producing on behalf of NENT Studios UK.