A reboot of the British drama Queer As Folk has been given a straight-to-series order by Peacock, according to Deadline. Stephen Dunn (Little America) will create, write and executive produce the show, which is based on the acclaimed series under the same name by Russell T. Davies (It’s A Sin).
Deadline reports that the project was originally in development with Bravo but later moved to the NBCU streaming platform in 2019. The show is the latest to receive series order for Peacock, joining NBC pilot Langdon and One of Us Is Lying.
The original Queer As Folk premiered on British television in 1999 and followed the lives of three gay men living in Manchester. It starred Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Craig Kelly (Coronation Street). Showtime later created an American version of the show, which ran for five seasons.
According to Deadline, the new series from Peacock will take place in New Orleans and “follow a diverse group of friends whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy.”
Dunn is set to direct the first episode of Queer As Folk, according to Deadline. He recently wrote and directed on Apple TV+’s Little America and is working on an adaptation of the book Yes, Daddy for Amazon. Lee Eisenberg (Little America), Emily Brecht (SMILF), Russell T. Davies (A Very English Scandal), Nicola Shindler (It’s A Sin) and Richard Halliwell are among the list of executive producers.
“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,” said Dunn via Deadline. “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.”
“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, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, via Deadline. “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.”