Living in West Alabama can be a bit of a drag. We only get very mainstream films (except on very rare occasions), most good bands never come here and a lot of a people around here still hate them gays.
So, naturally, gay-oriented Logo is nowhere to be found on the list of channels Comcast supplies to my city. That means I missed Noah’s Arc, which was one of the network’s more popular programs during its seventeen episode run between 2005 and 2006. The show, created by Patrick-Ian Polk (anybody remember Punks?), was sort of a black and gay answer to Sex and the City. Here’s the Amazon description (buy a DVD):
Navigating life and love in L.A. isn’t easy, and no one knows that better than Noah and his friends – Alex, Ricky & Chance. LOGO’s ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind series Noah’s Arc follows all four as they chart an uncertain course through the City of Angels, where laughter and drama are never in short supply. Check out this trailer for the DVD.
The news here, the Hollywood Reporter, eh, reports, is that Noah’s Arc will be resuscitated in the form of a feature that will be brought to the big screen. This is something Polk has been saying would happen for over a year. As such, Polk already has a script, written by himself and John R. Gordon, prepped and ready to go. Polk will also be directing. Shooting is set to begin in March.
Fans might also be ecstatic to learn the film will be a continuation of the second season; that ecstacy might reach altitudinous levels when they hear the four actors who portrayed the characters listed in the above description, Darryl Stephens, Doug Spearman, Rodney Chester and Christian Vincent, are on board for the film.
I am at least somewhat intrigued by this project, mostly because of the “four gay black men” part. It’s rare enough that we get a film containing a gay black character, period, much less a film focusing on four. Of course, even if Noah’s Arc turns out to be a quality film, it’s unlikely it will see anything resembling a wide release. For the time being, unfortunately, the only films containing this kind of content (you know, that gay stuff) that will get decent distribution are the serious Oscar-bait dramas.