Thursday, April 8, 2021

'Queer as Folk' Reboot Lands Series Order at Peacock

Peacock has today given a series order to the original drama series Queer as Folk - a reboot of the British drama which was previously adapted as an American series on Showtime that aired from 2000-2005.

Set in New Orleans, the lives of a diverse group of friends are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Stephen Dunn developed the new series and will direct the premiere. He will executive produce with Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht, Russell T Davies, Nicola Shindler and Richard Halliwell. Universal Content Productions will produce.

"Queer as Folk was more than just a show, it was a groundbreaking and necessary voice for so many people," said Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "Stephen's new version for Peacock arrives at yet another pivotal moment in our culture. 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."

"It is a surreal honor to adapt the notoriously groundbreaking series by Russell T Davis," added Dunn. "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. 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..."