Bravo is planning to introduce a new generation of spectators to Queer As Folk. Russell T. Davies, who created the original British series upon which Showtime’s popular adaptation was based, is executive-producing a reboot of the iconic drama for Bravo, TVLine’s sister publication Variety reports.
Described as a “modern take on the original British series that centres on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy,” Bravo’s new Queer As Folk will gather around new characters in a unique setting. A location has yet to be announced and no casting announcements have been made yet.
Davies was approached by writer Stephen Dunn who was “inflamed” by the current news cycle (including the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and the election of Donald Trump) asking why there was no modern version of the show to address recent events.
“He wants to make a very new, very accessible show. He had a bit of anger of the world and the status of things,” Davies said of Dunn.
“He didn’t come to the meeting saying I think this show is really commercial. He came in genuinely as a gay man talking about gay rights, the state of the world, the anger that is out there and the joy.”
If we think about new characters in a modern concept, what can we expect for the 2019 version?
It would be amazing if the creators explore the trans universe, more than ever we need more representative of all the letters of our LGBT+ community. There is an opportunity to educate people.
The drag scene is something that we would love to see in deeper layers, we do have RuPaul’s Drag Race, but to see a fully formed character with family, with lovers, with friends, that’s something that we haven’t seen yet.
If Brian Kinney, back in 2000 in the Jurassic times of the internet managed to have a lot of fun (let’s just call it fun)- what if he had had Grindr? That would be +18 rating for sure!
The UK version of Queer As Folk focused on the lives of three gay men, Stuart Alan Jones (Aidan Gillen), Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly), and Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam) – living in Manchester.
Its American-Canadian adaptation enjoyed a five-season run on Showtime (2000–2005) and had a similar set-up, though it was set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gale Harold starred as Brian Kinney, Randy Harrison played Justin Taylor, and Hal Sparks appeared as Michael Novotny.
For a community with no mainstream television representation, Queer As Folk was definitely a life changer.The show was a real representation of our world, it presented real stories, both sad and happy ones. The narrative talked about real people, with real problems and most importantly how we are stronger together, how we can support each other during hardships and make the change we want and need in the world.
We cannot wait for this reboot! If it follows the path of its previous ones, it will definitely be on the ‘must-watch’ list.
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