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Logo’s hit flagship series about four black gay friends in Los Angeles, “Noah’s Arc,” will hit silver screens in 2008 as the TV station’s first original theatrical film.
“Noah’s Arc” will join “Sex and the City,” “Star Trek” and “The Simpsons” as yet another fan-driven series finding a home at the multiplex, opening the door to greater storytelling depth, expanded creative opportunities and new audiences, according to Logo.
“‘Noah’s Arc’ has one of the most intensely loyal fan bases in television and we’re thrilled to harness the power of film to let (creator) Patrik-Ian Polk continue the story he has so skillfully woven,” said Brian Graden, Logo president. “‘Noah’s Arc’ has so many dimensions and possibilities, so advancing to the feature film format is an exciting way to motivate our loyal fans and engage an even wider audience.”
Currently in development, the film is expected to pick up after the show’s second season cliffhanger finale and continue with an even bolder and provocative storyline. The film will leave the door open for sequels, additional television seasons and specials.
Logo’s most popular series, season one of “Noah’s Arc” premiered in October 2005, just months after the launch of the network and season two premiered in August 2006. The show, which became the first television series about LGBT people of color, follows the lives and loves of four black gay men looking for love and signs of intelligent life in Los Angeles: Noah (Darryl Stephens), Chance (Doug Spearman), Alex (Rodney Chester) and Ricky (Christian Vincent).
“I began this series as a straight-to-DVD project, and Logo gave us a home as its flagship scripted series. And now we’re taking it to the big screen!” said Polk. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this little independent show in movie theatres! Hats off to MTV Networks and Logo for believing in us enough to take Noah to that next level.”
Polk is expected to share producing duties on the “Noah’s Arc” film with series co-executive producer Carol Ann Shine. He made his feature film debut with the independent feature “Punks,” which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Low-budget Feature.