Ooh La La! French Version of “Queer as Folk” Promises “True Diversity”

The new series "will inherit the show’s deeply relevant tone, continuing and honoring Russell T Davies’ powerful and uniquely human style."

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Queer as Folk, a groundbreaking show about the lives and loves of gay men and lesbians, is getting a French version to mark the 20th anniversary of the original British series, Deadline reports.

The British series, created by Russell T Davies and produced by Nicola Shindler, debuted in 1999 and ran for 10 episodes on Channel 4. A North American remake aired 2000-2005 for five seasons on Showtime. Both versions had predominately white characters.

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The French remake, which will be a modern exploration of what it means to be French and queer in 2019, is now in development at Joris Charpentier’s Telfrance production label Aux Singuliers.

“It will not be a strict adaptation of the characters and intrigues of the Channel 4 series,” Charpentier tells Deadline. “However, the story will take place within the world of Queer as Folk, and will inherit the show’s deeply relevant tone, continuing and honoring Russell T Davies’ powerful and uniquely human style. As for the pitch, the only thing I can tell you is that there will be heroes, heroines, and true diversity.”

Aux Singuliers has already assigned a writing duo to the series and will pitch it to French networks this fall.

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Davies and Shindler have both given the project their blessing: “We fully trust the creative team to create a magnificent series that will reflect the spirit of our show adapted in and to modern France. We can’t wait to see it.”

Bravo announced in December that it is developing a Queer as Folk reboot with Davies and Shindler as executive producers. With new characters in a new setting, the reboot 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.”

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