Bravo has put into development a reboot of Queer as Folk, based on the UK series, from original series creator Russell T. Davies, writer/director Stephen Dunn and Universal Cable Productions, Deadline has confirmed.
Written and directed by Dunn, the new version, which will feature new characters in a new setting, is described as a modern take on the original British series that centers on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy.
Dunn and Davies executive produce with Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, who executive produced the original show, along with Lee Eisenberg of Quantity Entertainment. Digital Rights Group will also produce. Emily Brecht of Quantity is co-executive producing. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.
The original Queer as Folk, starring Aidan Gillen, Charlie Hunnam and Craig Kelly, chronicled the lives of three gay men living in Manchester’s gay village around Canal Street. It initially ran for eight episodes in 1999 on Channel 4, and a two-part follow-up aired in 2000. A North American remake also was launched in 2000 on Canadian cable channel Showcase and the American channel Showtime. Set in Pittsburgh, that series ran for five seasons and starred Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, Hal Sparks, Peter Paige, and Scott Lowell.
Variety was first to report the reboot.