The reboot will now be shown on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.
A reboot of British series Queer as Folk will now debut on NBCUniversal’s unnamed streaming service, which is due to be launched next year. The reboot was initially set to broadcast on Bravo, but it has been moved.
Russell T. Davies, creator of the iconic British gay drama, will serve as an executive producer, while Canadian screenwriter and director Stephen Dunn is attached to write, direct and executive produce.
Variety learned that Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, who executive produced the original series, will return as executive producer alongside Lee Einsberg of Quantity Entertainment.
The reboot will reportedly feature new characters in a different setting. It is currently unknown whether the original cast members will reprise their roles.
The Hollywood Reporter says the series will focus on these new characters, who will find support within the gay community following some sort of tragedy.
However, Charlie Hunnam, one of the original cast, told The Sun in 2017 that he wants to return to the franchise. “I’d be game for a reunion,” he admitted. “It’s a long time ago, I’m an old bastard now — that was 20 years ago.”
A French version is also in the works, and is set to premiere in the Autumn, later this year. The new series will reportedly be produced by Joris Charpentier (Aux Singuliers) for Telfrance in association with British group DRG.
“It will not be a strict adaptation of the characters and intrigues of the Channel 4 series,” explained Joris.
“However, the story will take place within the world of Queer As Folk, and will inherit the show’s corrosive, insolent, touching and deeply relevant tone, continuing and honouring Russell T Davies’s powerful and uniquely human style.”
The show’s creator, Russell T Davies, has reportedly given the French version his blessing, commenting: “We fully trust the creative team to produce a beautiful series that will reflect the spirit of our program and France today.”
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