Welcome back to 28 Barbary Lane.
Earlier this year Netflix announced it had given a series order to a Tales of the City revival, now titled, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. The 10-episode limited series is scheduled to hit the streaming platform in 2019, and according to Maupin’s Facebook page production has begun on the highly anticipated revival.
In case you are confused it is Maupin—the creator of Tales of the City—with Laura Linney, who is reprising her role as Mary Ann Singleton for the Netflix series. The revival is currently filming interior scenes in New York, and will shoot exterior shots in San Francisco, where the iconic books are set.
Men of #trans experience: TALES OF THE CITY is #casting for a series regular. A trans man playing a trans role? Let's do this. Here's to more representation in Hollywood! @netflix @lomorelli @telseyandco pic.twitter.com/P3mYTsryKb
— Amos Mac (@theamosmac) May 3, 2018
In addition to Linney, Olympia Dukakis is slated to reprise her role as Anna Madrigal, and Ellen Page has joined the cast as Shawna, Mary Ann’s daughter.
According to Deadline, in the new Netflix series, Mary Ann “returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.”
The description sounds very similar to the plot of Mary Ann in Autumn, the eighth novel in the Tales of the City book series.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this new brand-new incarnation of Tales,” Maupin said in a statement. “It’s set in present-day San Francisco with all the joys and complications that might suggest for the residents of 28 Barbary Lane. Mrs. Madrigal’s tenants, both old and new, will be entangled in delicious new adventures and ever-expanding possibilities for love.”