Netflix is reviving Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City as a 10-part ‘limited series’ which is expected to start production later this year and debut in 2019.
Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Barbara Garrick are returning to the series and will be joined by Ellen Page.
Based on the books by Armistead Maupin, this next chapter – Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City – follows Mary Ann (Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter (Page) 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 (Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.
Lauren Morelli (WGA nominee; co-EP and writer Orange is The New Black) will serve as showrunner/executive producer, Maupin will executive produce and Alan Poul will return to direct and executive produce.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this new brand-new incarnation of Tales. It’s set in present-day San Francisco with all the joys and complications that might suggest for the residents of 28 Barbary Lane,’ said Maupin.
“Mrs. Madrigal’s tenants, both old and new, will be entangled in delicious new adventures and ever-expanding possibilities for love.”
“The magical, vivid world that Armistead Maupin built in Tales of the City is one that offered so many – particularly the LGBTQ+ community – a home for the first time. For many, Tales was the first time they saw themselves on screen,” said writer and showrunner Lauren Morelli.
“I am humbled to now find my own home within Tales and to continue telling Armistead’s stories.”
Poul added, “For me, the opportunity to come back to a series I started work on 25 years ago is the homecoming of a lifetime. T
“here’s never been a better moment to reignite Armistead’s timeless take on family and community, and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with such a brilliant mix of old friends and new.”