It's reboot season.
After years of conversation and chatter, the Queer as Folk reboot just got a eight-episode order at Peacock. Though this news was reported in 2019, NBC Universal has now announced it officially.
"Queer as Folk was more than just a show, it was a ground-breaking and necessary voice for so many people. Stephen’s new version for Peacock arrives at yet another pivotal moment in our culture,” said Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Alex Sepiol, EVP of drama programming, and his team have championed this project from the first moment it landed on their desks, working to ensure the script became the series we're announcing today. The entire team is so excited to be a part of introducing a new generation to this type of authentic and affirming storytelling.”
The new version of the show will be a "reimagining" of Russell T. Davies original series which was a ten-episode project that ran from 1999 to 2000. The new version was created and executive produced by Stephen Dunn and will be set in New Orleans.
“It is a surreal honour 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,” Dunn said in a release.“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...”
The reboot was originally slated for Bravo. In 2019 it was announced that the show would pivot to NBCUniversal's then-unnamed streaming platform that was set to launch in April 2020.
After the original version of Queer as Folk, which starred Aiden Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam, the show had an American version that rain for five seasons. It starred Hal Sparks, Scott Lowell, Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, and Peter Paige and was set in Pennsylvania.
The new version does have the Davies stamp of approval. The writer and producer, who this year released It's a Sin, is an executive producer of the reboot.