Queer as Folk will have a second coming-out party. With an American reboot way back in the 00s, Russell T. Davies’ original groundbreaking British series now gets a different American version.
The Queer as Folk reimagining has received an order of eight episodes from Peacock, the streaming service for NBCUniversal. Little America’s Stephen Dunn will lead the project and has been working on it since 2018. He will collaborate with Davies, who serves as an executive producer.
“It’s a surreal honor to adapt Russell T. Davies’ notoriously groundbreaking series,” said Dunn. “When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative that I thought I could only watch Queer as Folk in secret. But so much has changed in the last 20 years, and how great would it be if the next generation didn’t have to watch Queer as Folk alone in their stuffy basements with muffled noise, but with their family and friends and turned the volume all the way … “
Peacock’s Queer as Folk is produced by Universal Content Productions. Dunn will also run production and lead the pilot.
Davies’ original UK series debuted in 1999, while the first US version premiered on Showtime in 2000. Both would find massive cult status and usher in a new era of LGBTQ content on television.