Remember Queer as Folk? Well, even if you don’t, you’re about to get familiar with its iconic tank tops, frosted tips, and the steamy NSFW sex scenes, because we’re getting an American reboot of the series.
The original TV show first aired in 1999 and was created by Russell T Davies. It followed the lives of three gay men – Aidan Gillen, Charlie Hunnam and Craig Kelly – tearing it up in gay clubs and navigating tricky relationships in Manchester. Those ten episodes then inspired an American version of QAF, which ran for five seasons in 2000.
Rumour has it that Stephen Dunn, director of this new US reboot, approached Davies about why there isn’t a program tackling the modern dilemmas of the LGBTQ community. According to the Guardian, Davies said Dunn was “inflamed” by the current state of the world, from Donald Trump’s election to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
“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 told the Guardian.
“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.”
While we’ve come a long way from the 2000s, there are many caveats the LGTBQ community faces in regard to equality. In the US, this includes Trump’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the armed forces, and communities suffering from HIV/Aids not being given adequate health care, as noted by them.
Davies added that although Queer As Folk will be inspired by its original 1999 show, it won’t concretely follow the same characters, plotlines and drama.