Drinks at Babylon later are on Peacock, as a “Queer as Folk” reboot officially heads to the streaming service.
A “vibrant reimagining” of groundbreaking series has been commissioned directly from the series with creator Russell T. Davies returning to executive production, according to Variety.
The reboot is expected to bring a new crop of LGBTQ stories to a new generation more than 20 years after the UK series, which chronicled the lives of three gay men in Manchester and starred pre-celebrity Charlie Hunnam. of Anarchy ”, aired its last episode.
The original series, of course, kicked off the hit US adaptation, which ran for five seasons on Showtime, becoming one of the network’s most-watched shows at the time and offering an unapologetic look at the movie. modern LGBTQ life.
This time around, the drama will focus on a diverse group of friends living in New Orleans in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Stephen Dunn, who directed an episode of Apple TV + ‘Little America, will be the creator, writer and executive producer, in addition to directing the pilot episode.
“’Queer as Folk’ was more than just a show, it was a revolutionary and necessary voice for so many people. Stephen’s new take for Peacock comes at another pivotal moment in our culture, ”Lisa Katz, president of scripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement to Variety. “Alex Sepiol, Senior Vice President of Drama Programming, and his team have championed this project from the first moment it landed on their desk, ensuring that the script becomes the series we are announcing today. The whole team is thrilled to be part of introducing a new generation to this type of authentic and assertive storytelling.
“It is a surreal honor to adapt Russell T. Davies’ notoriously groundbreaking series. When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative that I felt I couldn’t watch “Queer as Folk” in secret, ”Dunn added. “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 muted, but with their family and friends and the volume turned up to maximum. “
A ‘Queer as Folk’ reboot was first announced in 2018 with outlets at the time reporting that a new version of the series was in development at Bravo, before it finally found a place on NBC’s streaming service.
The cast of the American series came together virtually last year to raise funds for LGBTQ community centers across the country.
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