A Return to Barbary Lane? (Armistead Maupin’s blog)

tales of the city book jacketPotentially fantabulous news from author Armistead Maupin’s blog,

At the Monday, June 20, opening party for Dog Eared Books’ new store in the Castro, after Armistead Maupin read something from “Logical Family,” his forthcoming memoir, Frank Biafore asked about Laura Linney’s recent revelation that there have been talks of an updated “Tales of the City.” Maupin confirmed that some talks are in progress, and then said, “How great would it be if people found out Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal were soon headed back to 28 Barbary Lane, and they found out from gossip heard in the Castro bookstore?”

But if you weren’t in the bookstore, here’s more about it: The series will be set in modern-day San Francisco, says Maupin, “with 50-something Mary Ann Singleton returning to Barbary Lane,” as well as Michael Tolliver, who comes from “a difficult Christian family in Orlando.” Way before last week’s horrific events, Maupin had “already established 40 years ago that Michael’s parents were Florida orange growers, and his mother had joined the Anita Bryant crusade.”

In Los Angeles last week, Maupin and Linney attended pitch meetings with several networks for the new series. Linney and Olympia Dukakis are, in showbiz lingo, already “attached” to it.

So excited about the possibility of this new series based on the beloved Tales books. Stay tuned. Reel Charlie will be scouring the web for updates.

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Not familiar with Maupin’s classic Tales of the City? The nine books tell the story of a group of friends who become a logical family from the mid-1970’s to the present.
Begin with the first Tales of the City.

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