Queer as Folk gets a US reboot, but this time from Russell T Davies

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From Digital Spy

It's been nearly 20 years but UK fans will remember Channel 4's Queer as Folk as one of the seminal TV shows of the '90s, even if it only lasted 10 episodes.

After the show's success, it was remade for America in 2000 and moved from Manchester to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, running for five seasons on Showtime.

Along with the change in setting, the US version also didn't have the involvement of creator Russell T Davies, who went on to revive Doctor Who for the BBC.

Photo credit: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images
Photo credit: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images

Now, Queer as Folk USA is set for a reboot and this time Davies is onboard as executive producer.

Variety reports that the new series is in development for Bravo with Stephen Dunn attached to write, direct and executive produce alongside Davies.

The reboot will feature new characters and a new setting, and will be based on the British version rather than its US counterpart, centring on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy.

Last year, Davies spoke about the idea of Queer as Folk making a return, but said he shouldn't be the one writing it.

"Do you know what they should do? They should take the title and someone who's 21 should write a Queer as Folk," he told The Telegraph.

"A 21-year-old man, or a 21-year-old woman, or a 21-year-old trans writer. I'm the last person who should be doing it."

Davies most recently worked on A Very English Scandal, starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw. The BBC miniseries is nominated for three awards at next year's Golden Globes.

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