Yay! The news we’ve all been hoping for. Following the breakout success of It’s a Sin earlier this year, it’s been announced that Russell T. Davies’ ICONIC British Drama Queer as Folk is to get a reimagining, after much fan demand and speculation.
RTD was the man behind both – now seminal – TV shows, with Queer as Folk (UK) later being adapted for an American audience under the same show name. He will return in the role of Executive Producer for the forthcoming offering, which will no doubt delight fans of the Manchester-based original.
In case you need a recap, here we go…
Queer as Folk UK (1999)
Queer as Folk US (2000)
Queer as Folk was a bold and ground-breaking TV show, following the gay experience in a way that most people at the time hadn’t seen on television (or at all) before. Not to mention, in a time where there wasn’t easy access to internet or physical gay safe-spaces (depending on where in the world you were), many of us *ahem* um “blossomed” along to the show and its characters.
So what of this reboot…
Described as a “vibrant reimagining” of Russell T. Davies’ seminal British series, the new Queer as Folk will centre on a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy.
The show will be reimagined by Stephen Dunn and Universal Cable Productions for Peacock.
“Queer as Folk was more than just a show, it was a ground-breaking and necessary voice for so many people,” declared NBC Universal’s head of scripted content Lisa Katz in a statement. “Stephen [Dunn]’s new version for Peacock arrives at yet another pivotal moment in our culture.”
Stephen Dunn went on to say: “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”.
He continued: “But so much has changed in the last 20 years and 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…”
We are THRILLED. Bring on the queerness!