Netflix has picked up a new adaptation of Tales of the City, a series of nine novels written by American author Armistead Maupin. Netflix’s new adaptation isn’t the first time the novels have been brought to television; the British network Channel 4 produced a miniseries in 1993 starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, which PBS aired in the States in ’94. A follow-up, More Tales of the City, aired in 1998, while Further Tales of the City debuted in 2001.
The Tales of the City novels began as a series of short stories published in The San Francisco Chronicle which explore the counterculture and alternative lifestyles of San Francisco residents over several decades beginning in the 1970s. The novels have since become cult favorites in the Bay Area, and are widely renowned for their frank portrayal of the West Coast LGBT community and the AIDS crisis.
Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis have signed on to reprise their beloved roles in the new adaptation which will take place 25 years after the events of the first novel. Most of the Tales of the City stories revolve around a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane, San Francisco, run by Anna Madrigal (Dukakis), and the many residents who come and go there.
Netflix has yet to release an announcement about the upcoming series, but Variety reports that Michael Cunningham (The Hours) has written the script for the first 10-part installment. Armistead Maupin is reportedly signed on as an executive producer, and the miniseries will be directed by Alan Poul of Six Feet Under fame.