'Queer as Folk' Reboot Heads to Peacock, Promises to be Diverse

Saturday April 10, 2021
Originally published on April 8, 2021

Gale Harold, left, and Randy Harrison, right, in a trailer for "Queer as Folk."
Gale Harold, left, and Randy Harrison, right, in a trailer for "Queer as Folk."  (Source:YouTube Still)

A new and diverse take on "Queer as Folk" is being rebooted for the recently-launched streaming service Peacock, Deadline reports.

As EMN previously reported, the show, a reboot of Russell T. Davies' U.K. series, was originally going into development with Bravo. But in 2019 it was announced the project was in development with NBCUniversal. Deadline notes the show, helmed by Stephen Dunn, is a straight-to-series order. Dunn will write and produce the show along with directing the pilot episode.

The new "QAF" will take place in New Orleans and "follow a diverse group of friends whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy," the site writes.

"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," Dunn said. "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."

NBC exec Lisa Katz called "QAF" "more than just a show," adding, "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."

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