Another day, another TV reboot.
Russell T. Davies, creator of the original U.K. version of the hit TV show Queer as Folk, tells Variety he’s rebooting the series for Bravo.
The original U.K. version of QAF ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000 and starred Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen, Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam, and Craig Kelly, as three young gay men living in Manchester.
The North American remake, set in Pittsburgh, premiered in 2000 on Showtime and ran for a total of five seasons. It starred Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, Hal Sparks, Peter Paige, and Scott Lowell.
Davies describes the new Bravo reboot 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.” The series will center around a whole new cast of characters in a completely different setting.
Meanwhile, executive producers Daniel Lipman and Ron Cowen, who created the Showtime version of QAF, tell Entertainment Weekly they “shared ideas for stories” with Davies but ultimately decided they don’t want to be a part of any revival.
“This was a show about young people trying to find their way,” says Lipman. “Now we’d have a cast who are all mature. So that would be a totally, totally different kind of show.”
Lipman continues, “If somebody wanted Queer as Folk, that kind of energy, you’d have to go back and you’d have to cast young people. And with Tinder and Grindr, it’s a very, very different world than it used to be.”
In addition to creating QAF, Davies wrote and produced the BBC-Amazon miniseries “A Very English Scandal” starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, which recently nabbed three Golden Globe nominations, including best limited series.